Orazio Riminaldi (Pisa 1593 – 1630), David displays the severed head of the giant

Artist: ORAZIO RIMINALDI (Pisa 1593 – 1630)
Title: David displays the severed head of the giant
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 114 x 93 cm
Period: 1615 ca

This painting carries a certificate of free circulation.

This archetype David depicted with the severed head of the giant Goliath is found in one of Caravaggio’s latest works, the David with the head of Goliath of the Borghese Gallery. In both paintings, David is depicted in half-bust, which is illuminated by a light that falls directly onto his body, alongside contrasting shades of light/shadow that define it; but the Caravaggesque matrix of this painting will also be found in its multiple variations, produced by Manfredi, Simon Vouet and Nicolas Tournier. One would almost say that this David, ruthless on the battlefield, stands here to represent, in the early part of the 17th century, the ‘quietism’ of Torquato Accetto in the political field …

Click HERE for a full description in the Catalogue Four centuries of painting 2016, pg. 16-17