The J. Paul Getty Museum

Border with David's Return with Goliath's Head

Object Details

Title:

Border with David's Return with Goliath's Head

Artist/Maker:

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 78

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

As the young David returns, victorious in battle and carrying the head of Goliath, beautifully dressed women emerge from an impressive castle playing musical instruments to greet him. Medieval Christians saw this episode, which marked the Israelites' triumph over the Philistines, as an Old Testament prefiguration of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem, depicted on the facing page.