David was a shepherd boy when he was chosen to follow in Saul’s footsteps as king. He united Israel into a single kingdom and conquered Jerusalem, which he then made his capital. David was a musician and, according to tradition, is thought to be the author of some of the psalms. He is depicted here with his traditional attributes, a harp and a crown.


  • Title: King David Playing the Harp
  • Creator: Gerard van Honthorst
  • Creator Lifespan: 1592 - 1656
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Utrecht
  • Creator Birth Place: Utrecht
  • Date Created: 1622
  • Physical Dimensions: w65 x h81 cm
  • Type: paintings
  • Rights: restored with support of Stichting Victor, Heiloo
  • External Link: http://centraalmuseum.nl/ontdekken/object/#o:5081

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