Monday, October 24, 2011

David and Goliath

Most people know the story of David and Goliath, but seeing an interpretation such as Caravaggio's gives a concreteness to it in its narrative. In Caravaggio's depiction, Goliath's face is shown, giving him a more human portrayal. His head seems detached from his body, which severs him from what he's mostly characterized as-- a giant warrior. We see the moment after defeat, and the reality of murder as triumph is put upon us. I thought of the painting when watching the news about Gaddafi's death. I in no way feel sorry for him, but seeing the actual pictures and videos of people excited over a murdered body causes conflicting feelings--ones I think this painting explores.

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