David and Goliath

A work made of etching on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on paper.

Date:

1551

Artist:

Hanns Lautensack
German, 1524-1560/66

About this artwork

Hanns Lautensack is known as a prolific etcher of landscapes, particularly those with views of southern Germany marked by knobby pollard willows. Unusually, he focused here on a biblical story. The Philistine giant Goliath, a towering hulk of a man, is almost as tall as the central tree, while David, the youthful underdog who would fell the mighty Goliath like an oak and become king of the Israelites, strides in from the right with an exuberant sunset behind him. This trademark light effect recurs in other Danube School works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Altdorfer, and Wolfgang Huber.

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Artist

Hanns Lautensack

Title

David and Goliath

Origin

Germany

Date

1551

Medium

Etching on paper

Dimensions

175 x 230 mm

Credit Line

Stanley Field Fund

Reference Number

1981.154

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