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David Carrying the Head of Goliath

Giuseppe Caletti (il Cremonese), Italian, c. 1600 - c. 1660

Made in Ferrara, Italy, Europe



Plate: 10 x 6 1/16 inches (25.4 x 15.4 cm) Sheet: 10 x 6 1/8 inches (25.4 x 15.6 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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Human resourcefulness triumphs over adversity in this etching by Caletti. Barely tall enough to carry the head and sword of Goliath, the powerful giant he has just slain, David resolutely marches home with his oversized spoils of war. Caletti rendered his scene of the stocky youth using slight, feathery lines and tiny dots to create an overall luminosity. As seen here in the background, landscapes and walled cities with medieval towers are common features in Caletti’s etchings.