Fresco of David beheading Goliath
from Santa Maria de Taüll (Vall de Boí, Alta Ribagorça)
in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona
A larger image of this Fresco of 'David beheading Goliath' from Santa Maria de Taüll (Vall de Boí, Alta Ribagorça) in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
525 x 232 cm
Purchased by the Junta de Museus in the 1919-1923 campaign
Inventory number: 015965-001
West wall of the baptismal chapel, from the group of pictures also comprising the decoration of the apse and the triumphal arches, the side apse and the nave, fragments in the reserve collection and a fragment of the Bath of the Child kept at Sant Climent de Taüll.
From the church of Santa Maria de Taüll (Vall de Boí, Alta Ribagorça).
Fresco transferred to canvas
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona
Referenced as figure 334 in Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle
334A-B Goliath, wall-painting from Santa Maria de Tahull, Catalonia, c.1123
(Museum of Ancient Art, Barcelona, Spain)
The somewhat archaic wall-paintings from Tahull illustrate Goliath in a style of hauberk that is more common in Northern Europe than in the south.
This type has a slit at the side through which the hilt of a sword and the top of a scabbard protrude.
These were in turn hung from a belt or a baldric beneath the hauberk.
See also The Murder of Thomas Becket, Wall Painting in Santa Maria de Terrassa, c.1180-1200, Catalonia, Spain.
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