David and Jonathan

Giovanni Battista Cima de Conegliano, David and Jonathan, circa 1505-1510, Italy. Oil on wood, The National Gallery, London.

This Renaissance painting, which places 1Sam 18:1 against the background of Northern Italian landscape, has Jonathan and David conversing shortly after David has slain Goliath in single combat. David carries his weapon over his shoulder, and Goliath’s head in his hand (see 1Sam 17:57).

David and Jonathan

1Sam 18:1

Jonathan's Covenant with David
1When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own ... View more

1Sam 17:57

57On David's return from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with the head of the Philistine in his hand.

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