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The Triumph of David

This unsigned painting has been attributed to Francesco de Mura, one of the most important painters in eighteenth-century Naples. De Mura began his studies with Francesco Solimena in 1708 and his early works evoke the older master’s monumental Baroque style. This scene of the Israelite hero (and later king) David (seated on a horse at left) returning victorious from his confrontation with the giant Goliath is based on a composition of Solimena’s, now in the Palacio Real de El Pardo near Madrid.

Attributed to Francesco de Mura
Italian, 1696‒1782)
The Triumph of David
ca. mid-18th century
Oil on canvas
40 ¼ x 49 ¾ in. (102.2 x 126.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Rauch, 85.65