Border with David's Return with Goliath's Head

Simon Beningabout 1525 - 1530

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

As the young David returns, victorious in battle and carrying the head of Goliath, beautifully dressed women emerge from an impressive castle playing musical instruments to greet him. Medieval Christians saw this episode, which marked the Israelites' triumph over the Philistines, as an Old Testament prefiguration of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem, depicted on the facing page.


  • Title: Border with David's Return with Goliath's Head
  • Creator: Simon Bening
  • Date Created: about 1525 - 1530
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.ML.115.78
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 78
  • Creator Display Name: Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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