"David with the Head of Goliath" is a remarkable painting by Caravaggio. Created in the early 17th century, the artwork depicts the biblical hero David holding the severed head of the vanquished giant Goliath.
Instead of the expected triumph of a victorious hero, Caravaggio portrays David with an expression that combines sadness and compassion. This choice creates a unique emotional connection between David and the fallen Goliath.
What adds another layer of intrigue to the artwork is Caravaggio's inclusion of himself as the decapitated Goliath. This self-portrayal deepens the complexity of the narrative, blurring the lines between the roles of victor and vanquished.
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