David and Jonathan (?)

The painting probably dates from between 1505 and 1510. After David had slain the giant Goliath, Jonathan became his devoted friend. David is represented holding the head of Goliath and Jonathan holds a javelin. The weapon is perhaps the one used by Jonathan's father, King Saul, when he tried to strike David (I Samuel 18: 11; 19: 10). He later used it against Jonathan who had attempted to intervene on David's behalf (I Samuel 20: 33).

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Full title
David and Jonathan (?)
Date made
about 1505-10
Medium and support
Oil on wood
40.6 x 39.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery