David Dancing before the Ark

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Unknown Artist of the German School
17th Century

David Dancing before the Ark

Oil on canvas
Bequeathed by George Duncan, 1878
Museum Number 14-1912

The Ark of the Covenant held relics sacred to the Jewish faith. It was stolen by the Philistines bringing them bad luck. David, King of Israel, led his people against the Philistines and retrieved the Ark. This painting shows two different parts of the Biblical story. David dances for joy, having rescued the Art, whilst in the distance, his later arrival with the Ark is seen outside the walls of Jerusalem.

David Dancing before the Ark
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