David e Golia

Davide e Golia

By Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio ( 1571-1610 )

David and Goliath:

By Bill Donahue

Papal Pardon

“On May 1606 Caravaggio was accused of murder and fled from Rome to distant lands (Naples, Sicily, Malta) to escape the price that had been placed on his head. His self-portrait as Goliath’s severed head, held by David his executioner, was sent to the papal court in 1610 as a kind of painted petition for pardon. In fact pardon was granted, but did not reach Caravaggio before he died in Porto Ercole”

Galleria Borghese Rome – Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

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