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David and Jonathan (?)

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Giovanni Battista CIMA da Conegliano , about 1459/60 - about 1517/18

David and Jonathan (?)


Date: about 1505-10
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 40.6 x 39.4 cm
Acquisition credit: Salting Bequest, 1910

The painting probably dates from between 1505 and 1510. After David had slain the giant Goliath, Jonathan became his devoted friend. David is represented holding the head of Goliath and Jonathan holds a javelin. The weapon is perhaps the one used by Jonathan's father, King Saul, when he tried to strike David (I Samuel 18: 11; 19: 10). He later used it against Jonathan who had attempted to intervene on David's behalf (I Samuel 20: 33).

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