"David Joue Sa Lyre Au Roi Saul, Charles-andré Van Loo (nice 1705 - Paris 1765)"French school of the 18th century
Workshop of Charles-André van Loo (Nice 1705 - Paris 1765)
David plays the lyre before King Saul by appeasing his anger
67 x 82 cm., Framed 88 x 98 cm.
Complete details of the work:https://www.antichitacastelbarco.it/it/prodotto/davide-suona-la-sua-lira-davanti-a-re-saul
The subject, taken from the Old Testament (First Book of Samuel), represents the young David playing the harp, to appease the anger of Saul, king of Israel, afflicted by his restless and tormented spirit; thanks to his musical ability David will then enter into the graces of the ruler until he becomes his successor, establishing his own dynasty in Jerusalem.
David, described as a man full of virtue, shows a serene face where the light describes his gentle and serene features, while his hands gently pinch the strings of the lyre that will enchant the king, sitting in a position of tension, with his fist closed and his muscles still tight. On the right of David the beautiful princess Mikal, who will soon become his wife.
The painting, datable around the second half of the eighteenth century, is a work by an excellent master presumably active in the ranks of pupils of the famous Carle Van Loo, member of a famous dynasty of artists of Flemish origin and active with his workshop mainly in Paris ; highly appreciated for his extraordinary ability to represent a wide range of subjects, from portraits to mythological, genre and history paintings, as well as religious, he was appointed First Painter of the King in 1762 and director of the Academy of France the following year.
Of our work, of which the original model made by Van Loo is now of unknown location, remains an engraving made by Charles-Nicolas Cochin le jeune (1715 - 1790) and now kept at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (https: / /www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/david-playing-the-harp-before-saul).
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