Painter of the Week: Caravaggio. Today: David and Goliath. 1599. Oil on canvas. 110 cm × 91 cm (43 in × 36 in). Museo del Prado. Spain
David and Goliath (or David with the Head of Goliath or David Victorious over Goliath) is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio (1571–1610). It was painted in about 1599, and is held in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Two later versions of the same theme are currently to be seen in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (David with the Head of Goliath (Vienna)), and in Rome’s Galleria Borghese (David with the Head of Goliath).
Michelangelo Merisi or Amerighi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 (1595?) and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting.