This painting was commissioned by the artist Cardinal Scipio Borghese. David and Goliath, relying on biblical information, were the heroes of antiquity. David was to become king of the Jews, and Goliath was a giant - a Philistine. One of the biblical legends tells about the confrontation between these two characters.
1884, painted in oil on canvas. Located in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. As a creator, Ilya Efimovich was inexhaustible and incredibly versatile as an artist, teacher, art theorist and writer, he was interested in historical, epic, folk stories and contemporaries.
1884. The painting shows a domestic genre scene. The plot of the work is taken from life - Makovsky saw the scene of the trial during a trip to the Oryol province. In the foreground, two - a simple peasant and a representative of the government, a justice of the peace. A young man in front of the judge’s table - apparently, the defendant in a civil case.
V. Makovsky is a typical representative of the ascetic movement in painting. The canvases created by him draw the attention of the viewer to ordinary people deprived of life, convey their little joys, emotions and worries. The central figure of almost every of Makovsky’s paintings is the poor and the poor, left without a livelihood and attention of loved ones.
Most often, Zinaida Serebryakova portrayed her youngest daughter Katya in her works. Despite the fact that the artist had three more children, it was Katya who caused particular interest of the master. In this work, we see a girl about 11 years old. During this period of her life, Katya and her brother went to Paris, where their mother already lived.
Repin was essentially a portrait painter. Single or group, strict or funny, they were equally good at this talented painter. Of course, more often we see nevertheless precisely individual canvases that help to reveal the soul and thoughts of the person being depicted as detailed as possible.