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David: "Oh, that I had wings like a Dove! For then would I fly away, and be at rest." Psalm 55:6

David: "Oh, that I had wings like a Dove! For then would I fly away, and be at rest." Psalm 55:6

1865

Frederic Leighton

(British, 1830-1896)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 125 x 152.4 x 4.5 cm (49 3/16 x 60 x 1 3/4 in.); Unframed: 96.5 x 122.5 cm (38 x 48 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1986.74

Description

From the many events in the turbulent life of the biblical King David, Leighton chose to depict his moment of gravest doubt. Having just learned of the death of his rebellious son Absalom at the hands of his own army, David has withdrawn to a chamber above the city gate.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.

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