David and Goliath - Caravaggio - Art Prints
Caravaggio is not downplaying this legendary battle between the overgrown Philistine warrior Goliath and the humble shepherd boy David — who will become King of Israel — he is cleverly sliding the focus from the well-known essence of the story to a more prosaic moment in the iconic story where David is preparing his trophy for display. It is another way, another angle by which to see the very essence of the event. It is Caravaggio’s signature way and very modern in its method.
The overwhelming impression given by Caravaggio in his painting is of some action intensely personal and private — no armies, no triumph. But the victory of one who should not have triumphed given the facts of the situation. A victory in battle against overwhelming odds. Its application to Israel in its conflict with the Arab states after Israel was created seems very appropriate and applicable. I would call this application of the story of David and Goliath to Israel, for now, as the Israeli Narrative.
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