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David slaying Goliath
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David slaying Goliath


Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Oil on panel

Width: 19.2 cm ( panel ); Height: 25.5 cm ( panel ); Height: 36.4 cm ( frame ); Depth: 3.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 30 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
This rapidly preparatory sketch in shades of grey shows Rubens planning one of the 39 compositions that were to decorate the ceiling of the Jesuit church in Antwerp. It represents an early stage in the creative process and would have been followed by a more finished sketch in colours. Rubens used it principally to establish the figure of the young David, poised to bring the sword down on the giant’s neck. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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