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David and Goliath; before a turreted city, a crowd of soldiers on foot and on horseback holding arches, spears, banners and shields; in the foreground David holding sword standing over the prostrate body of Goliath; the tunic of David is inscribed: 'DAVID' and the scabbard of the giant: 'GOLIATH'. c.1470-85
- Production date
- 1470-1485 (circa)
Height: 301 millimetres (trimmed at the r side)
Width: 285 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print belongs to a group of engravings of miscellaneous subjects, catalogued by Hind as executed in the 'Broad Manner', now attributed to Francesco Rosselli. For this group see the entry for Hind B.III.9 (P&D 1875-6-12-18).
This is an early impression of l half of the print; the complete but somewhat worn impression is also in the BM (see Hind B.III.6.IIb: P&D 1870-6-25-1051).
It is the second state of the print, with the inscriptions "DAVID" and "GOLIAS" added on the tunic and scabbard of the main figures. The unique example of the first state (without inscriptions) is in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).
The print was certainly engraved on the recto of the same plate as the 'Moses on Mount Sinai' (Hind B.III.5; Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Barsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, pp. 81-83, no. 064). An entry in the Rosselli's inventory (1525) described indeed "1a morte d'ugolia, da l'altra banda la storia di muise', in un foglio reale" (the death of Goliath, [and] on the other side the history of Moses).
The engraving shares a number of features with other prints attributed to Francesco Rosselli, such as the large 'Adoration of the Magi' (Hind B.III.2; Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, p. 76, no. 061), with which it shares the landscape of bare hills and castles, and the 'Triumph of Death' (from the series of the 'Triumphs of Petrarch', Hind B.II.3; Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, p. 34, no. 020), in which the fallen warrior in the foreground is comparable to the prostrate body of the giant in the present impression.
Hind noted that the subject of the 'Death of Goliath' was a popular one in the Florentine art of the quattrocento, especially in the decoration of cassone panels.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Zani was quoted to the Trustees as stating that this print was 'irreperibile'.
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