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An image of David and Goliath by Giovanni Battista Scultori, after Giulio Romano

Giovanni Battista Scultori

(Italy 1503 – 1575)

after Giulio Romano

(Italy 1499 – 1546)

Title
David and Goliath
Year
1540
Media category
Print
Materials used
engraving
Dimensions

35.9 x 45.4 cm platemark (irreg.); 36.2 x 45.7 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Margaret Delmer 1985
Accession number
230.1985
Location
Not on display
Further information

Scultori was the founder of the Mantuan school of engraving which included his pupil Giorgio Ghisi. This print is the most impressive of Scultori's twenty-one engravings. It relates to Giulio Romano's design of the subject, probably painted by Rinaldo Mantovano, in the loggia of the Palazzo del Tè, Mantua. The young Israelite David killed the leader of the Philistine army with a blow to the head from his slingshot. He then beheaded the giant and the Philistine army was routed.

Bibliography (4)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 185

Nicolas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, 'Introduction', pg. 3-5, Sydney, 1991, 3 (illus.), 4, 10. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Old Europe: rarely seen prints and drawings on show', pg. 23-25, Newtown, Jun 2006, 23 (illus.).

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (4)

Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 1986–23 Nov 1986

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006