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Creator Name: Leighton, Frederic, baron
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1830 - 1896
Creator Name-CRT: Frederic Leighton
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1865
Creation End Date: 1865
Creation Date: 1865
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 96.5cm x 122.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1986.74
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1865 with a passage from Psalm 55: "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest."From the many events in David's turbulent life, Leighton chose to depict the king's moment of gravest doubt (2 Samuel 18). Having just learned of the death of his rebellious son Absalom at the hands of his own army, David has withdrawn to a chamber above the city gate. Casting aside his crown, which lies on the floor, the ruler muses on the conflicting demands of family and nation. David's words from the psalm express a yearning for freedom from these burdens.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1986.74
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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