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David Taking the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem
  • Luca Giordano
    born: Naples, Kingdom of Sicily (present-day Italy) ; died: Naples, Kingdom of Sicily (present-day Italy)
  • David Taking the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, circa 1692–1702
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 76.2 x 64.6 cm
    Canvas/Support: 30 x 25 3/8 in
    Frame Dimensions: 31 x 26 1/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, N4
  • 1950.0067
Label Text

Figures in a landscape. Kneeling figure wearing a white hat (identified as a high priest) bottom right with back to viewer in right. Dancing figure wearing a crown (identified as David) center right. Figures carry a box on poles with a canopy (identified at the Ark of the Covenant) center left. Bearded figure (identified as God) with outstretched arms top left. Figures cowering in the foreground. Buildings and sky in the background in the top right quadrant. Loose brushwork.