David with the Head of Goliath

David with the Head of Goliath
Gioacchino Assereto (Italian, 1600-1649)
c. 1640
Oil on canvas 
31-1/2 x 22 in. (80.0 x 55.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View

Assereto received his earliest training in his native Genoa. Paintings from his youth, such as this one, are distinguished by their silvery color and dramatic contrasts of light and dark, and by the powerful realism and vitality of the individuals shown. Assereto depicts David with his trophy of the head of Goliath, quietly contemplating this portentous occasion in which good has triumphed over evil.


(Sale, Paris, Palais Galliera, 7 April 1976, lot 31, ill., as attributed to Tanzio da Varallo, Judith et Holopherne, to);
[Sylvia Blatas, Paris, buying for];
Norton Simon, gift 1979 to;
Norton Simon Museum.

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