Nicolas Poussin, The Triumph of David, 1628-1631. Oil on Canvas, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.
Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665) was born in French Normandy but resided in Rome for most of his artistic career. He was well-known for painting in the classical French baroque style characterized by the use of exaggerated motion and grandeur to create drama and excitement in the composition. Here Poussin uses classical architectural columns as a backdrop for David’s triumphal entry following his battle with the Philistine giant Goliath. Central to the composition are two men exuberantly blowing horns while David enters the scene hoisting Goliath’s impaled head above the crowd. Many of the assembled spectators gesture in admiration, throwing back their heads in astonishment and praise.