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David with the Head of Goliath

Caracciolo Giovanni Battista called Battistello
(Naples 1570 - 1637)


The painting is mentioned in 1612 with reference to Battistello on a receipt of the Borghese family’s carpenter, and is cited later (1650) in Manilli’s Description, with the singular attribution to Giulio Romano.
David is depicted full-length, leaning on the hilt of a sword and wearing a fashionable hat with feathers. A ray of light highlights almost theatrically the upper part of his bust and the giant Goliath’s head. With regard to the subject, several recurring themes have been noted in Scipione Borghese’s collection, which includes works by Bernini and Caravaggio based on the same biblical hero.


Object Details

Medium | oil on canvas, cm 202 x 112


Inventory | 2

Location | Room 2 – David Room


Period | '600


Classification | painting