Lord Frederick Leighton / Jonathan's Token to David / about 1868Lord Frederick Leighton
Jonathan's Token to David
about 1868

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Creator Name: Leighton, Frederic, baron
Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1830 - 1896
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Lord Frederick Leighton
Title: Jonathan's Token to David
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1866
Creation End Date: 1870
Creation Date: about 1868
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.67-1/2 x W.49 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 74.71
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

This painting illustrates a scene from the Old Testament. After the prophet Samuel anointed David as King Saul's successor, Saul became jealous and plotted David's death. Here the artist shows David's loyal friend Jonathan (Saul's son) preparing to shoot three arrows as a warning to David who is hiding in a field.

Most artists who interpreted the story of Jonathan and David's friendship depicted the emotional climax when the two say their final farewells. Leighton chose an earlier scene in order to celebrate the ideal of heroic male beauty. Jonathan's pose derives from the famous Renaissance sculpture of David by Michelangelo.

AMICA ID: MIA_.74.71
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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