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David and Goliath; before a turreted city, a crowd of soldiers on foot and on horseback holding bows, spears, banners and shields; in the foreground David holding sword standing over the prostrate body of Goliath; close to the giant on the right a fallen horse lying; the tunic of David is inscribed: 'DAVID' and the scabbard of the giant: 'GOLIATH'. c.1470-85
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- 1470-1485 (circa)
Height: 294 millimetres
Width: 419 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 the complete but somewhat worn impression of the print; an early impression of l half of the composition is also in the BM (see Hind B.III.6.IIa: P&D 1862-7-12-120).
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).
For further information on the subject see Hind B.III.6.IIa: P&D 1862-7-12-120.
This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Reproduced by Photographic Process', [First Series] Part I (Italian Prints), Published by the Trustees in 1882, where it was number III and described there as 'Anonymous. David and Goliath, c.1450.'; (Shelfmark 245*.b.12).
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