Francesco Pesellino: 'The Story of David and Goliath'

Date and time

Monday 14 November, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Richard Stemp


Admission free

This lecture focuses on Pesellino’s two panels depicting the story of David and Goliath.

Known to have belonged to the Medici family, Pesellino’s painting brilliantly tells a complex story. This talk will reveal how the ownership of the paintings by the de facto ruling family of Florence contradicts the usual symbolism of the story of David.

Legacy Awareness Month

Remarkably, nearly a quarter of the Gallery’s paintings are on display thanks to gifts in wills. This November we are celebrating the generosity and foresight of the individuals who have made acquisitions of masterpieces, such as Pesellino’s Story of David and Goliath, possible. 
If you are interested in finding out more about leaving a gift in your will to the National Gallery please contact Aimee Hooper on 0207 747 5982 or email
Although it will cost you nothing in your lifetime, your gift, however large or small, will ensure a better future for the Gallery, and generations of future art lovers.

Image above: Detail from Francesco, Pesellino, The Story of David and Goliath, about 1445-55