David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio (1605 – 1610)

David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio (1605 - 1610)

David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio was created between 1605 and 1610 and illustrates David beheading Goliath. One thing that is weird about this image is that the head of Goliath is actually that of Caravaggio so in a sense it’s an extremely brutal self portrait. The painting draws attention toward David initially and then to Goliath through David’s facial expression, blood can be seen in the dark shading dripping down from the decapitated head. The use of dark shades of black and similar colors draw focus to the lighter parts that depict the scene taking place.

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