Henry Fuseli

David and Goliath

David and Goliath by Henry Fuseli

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Although preferring mythological themes to stories from the Bible, the notion of a mortal tackling a monstrous warrior [Samuel 1: ch. 17, verse 49] obviously proved most satisfying to Fuseli. The artist has reinforced the dynamic struggle between the duo with the diagonal lines of the standard and spears of the charioteers in the background. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
David and Goliath
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1790-1795
Medium
pen and grey wash
Dimensions
343 x 311 mm
Inscription
David and Goliath (in a later hand)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/79
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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