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David Playing the Harp before Saul, ca. 1670

June 4, 2000-December 31, 2000
Location: Aaron and Blima Shickman Old Masters Galleries
Artist: Mattia Pretti
Curator: Shlomit Steinberg
Media: Oil on canvas
This enormous canvas by Mattia Preti, a depiction of the young David attempting to raise King Saul's spirits with music, offers a wonderful example of the South Italian style of painting in the third quarter of the 17th century. The drama, pathos, and diagonal compostion that were part of Preti's style owe much to the strong influence of Caravaggio. On loan from the Richard L. Feigen Gallery, New York