European Art: 17th-18th Centuries

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David with the Head of Goliath, c. 1640

Gioacchino Assereto

Italian, 1600-1649
Oil on canvas
31-1/2 x 22 in. (80.0 x 55.9 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
P.1979.10
© 2012 Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

Assereto received his earliest training in his native Genoa. Paintings from his youth, such as this one, are distinguished by their silvery color and dramatic contrasts of light and dark, and by the powerful realism and vitality of the individuals shown. Assereto depicts David with his trophy of the head of Goliath, quietly contemplating this portentous occasion in which good has triumphed over evil.

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