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The Triumph of David Guercino

Artist

Guercino Cento, 1591 – Bologna, 1666

Date 1636–1637
Object type drawing
Medium, technique pen, brown ink, brown wash on paper
Dimensions

235 × 316 mm

Inventory number 1917-190
Collection Prints and Drawings
On view This artwork is not on display

On the basis of its powerful light and shadow effects, this drawing may be dated at the 1630s, and is a sketch for the painting Guercino painted for Cardinal Colonna. On the sketch, David, who has defeated Goliath in combat, is celebrated by female figures playing music and dancing. The artist was paid in December 1636 and in the following August for the picture now in the Burghley House Collection, Standford (Great Britain).

Szilvia Bodnár

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