The painting ended up in the collection of Sir Kenneth Clark, a British art historian, but is now owned by The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan. It is pleasing to see asian cities embracing western art within their permanent collections, just as some of their finest exponents continue to receive huge support in the other direction. The title of this painting essentially explains the entire content, assuming you are familiar with the famous tale of David slaying Goliath, which was first featured in Samuel 1:17 in the Old Testament.

Looking directly at the canvas itself, we see a young David looking directly at us in the foreground. He has a well groomed beard, though barely a wrinkle insight, and is perhaps in his young twenties from the point of view of the artist. He holds a sword in a proud, but understated fashion, not seeking to acknowledge his extraordinary accomplishment with too much bravado. The body of Goliath can be seen behind him, beheaded, and defeated. A tree dominates the right hand side of the painting, providing some cover for the hero. On the left we see rolling hills setting out a stunning landscape, with the battle still continuing just in front of that.

Those fortunate enough to view this artwork at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo should also take the opportunity to enjoy some of the other highlights of their impressive collection. They have a variety of periods covered, including the Renaissance and Baroque as well as more recent movements such as French Impressionism. These possess a number of Claude Monet paintings that would be of particular interest to the Japanese visitors, whilst also offering artwork from the likes of Jean-Honore Fragonard, Camille Pissarro and Albrecht Durer (Melencolia I).