My favourite painting Simon Gillespie - David with the Head of Goliath by Artemisia Gentileschi
Country Life UK|October 07, 2020
My favourite painting Simon Gillespie - David with the Head of Goliath by Artemisia Gentileschi
John McEwen comments on David with the Head of Goliath

THE story of David and Goliath is told in 1 Samuel 17. Only the Israelite boy David from Bethlehem, ‘ruddy and of a fair countenance’, met, in the certainty of God’s deliverance, the challenge of the Philistine giant (9ft 9in) to decide the battle by single combat. His deadly slingshot (note Goliath’s forehead) meant he succeeded Saul as King of Israel, hence the start of Matthew’s gospel: ‘The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.’

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October 07, 2020