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David with the Head of Goliath

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This work was painted in 1657 for the Marquis of Soncino in Milan, who commissioned several paintings from Guercino. It probably remained in the family for a very long time, and it is not clear how it subsequently reached the Netherlands. It was sold at auction as the work of an unknown artist in 1952, when it fetched three hundred guilders. It was not until 2015 that it was recognized as a Guercino during a valuation.

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Title David with the Head of Goliath
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 213 cm
Width 158 cm
Artists Painter: Guercino (Francesco Barbieri)
Accession number BRL 2016-21 (OK)
Credits Loan Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier, 2016
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 2016
Creation date in 1657
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Guercino en de Bolognese School (2017)

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Guercino (Francesco Barbieri)

Cento 1591 - Bologna 1666

Guercino is a nickname that means something like 'the cross-eyed'; his real name was Francesco Barbieri. In 1621, he worked for Pope Gregory XV. His ceiling...

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