David and Goliath

  • Patrociño Barela, David and Goliath, ca. 1935-1943, carved redwood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1985.65.6

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Patrociño Barela never attended church but expressed his devotion by carving figures and scenes from the Bible. In this sculpture the three sides depict the young David, the Philistine Goliath, and another soldier who faces away. Barela carved the three figures the same size because he wanted to show how the power of God made the boy as mighty as the giant.

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“And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span . . . And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.” 1 Samuel 17:4,49

David and Goliath
ca. 1935-1943
Not on view
13 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (33.7 x 15.9 x 13.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums Description
carved redwood
  • Religion – Old Testament – Goliath
  • Religion – Old Testament – David
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