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ID number:  BIRBI-56.10/10
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Le Febvre, Valentin (1642-1680/2) after Titian
Title / Object name:  Raccolta di opera scelte: David and Goliath
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Venice
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  First published 1680
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Plate: 332 x 310 mm; paper: 747 x 510 mm
Provenance:  Set purchased using the Engravings Fund from Mrs H. Wagner, London, March 1956, for £7

Title page and 59 engravings after mainly Venetian paintings published by Teodoro Viero, Venice, 1786. The majority of the plates are by Le Febvre, S. Maniago, A. Zucchi, and P. Monaco.

Like the Labours of Hercules, the tale of David and Goliath (Samuel 1:17) can be read as the force of Good over Evil. Paralleling Hercules and Cacus, it also reflects the triumph of an individual against a monster. Instead of raising a weapon, however, David raises his arms in prayer, and rather than highlighting the physical might of the hero, the body of David is dwarfed by that of the giant. The focus is instead on the strength of God – whose light breaking through the clouds is a focal point in the composition.

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