Caravaggio & Normanno – David and Goliath

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I’ve recently been piled under course work for my Art course that I’m studying at the moment and therefore have had trouble finding the time to write a new post, however, a new assignment I have to work on for my Academic Skills is a compare and contrast of two pieces of art. I’m going to write an analysis on each piece before I attempt to compare and contrast them so those will be posted onto here, followed by the final written piece that I do.

The works I have chosen for this assignment are both depictions of David and Goliath, and painted in the same medium, but 407 years apart, so it should be an interesting subject to approach.

Rocco Normanno - David and Goliath - 2006 - Oil on Canvas (150 x 150cm) Rocco Normanno – David and Goliath – 2006 – Oil on Canvas (150 x 150cm)

Caravaggio - David and Goliath - 1599 - Oil on Canvas (110 x 91cm) Caravaggio – David and Goliath – 1599 – Oil on Canvas (110 x 91cm)

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Elisabetta Sirani: Timoclea Killing Alexander’s Captain (1659)

Vivat! Crescat! Floreat!

In this earlier piece (1659), Elisabetta Sirani paints another episode from Plutarch, set 335 BC in Thebes, that had been conquered by Alexander the Great and was now plundered by his troups:

Among the other calamities that befell the city, it happened that some Thracian soldiers, having broken into the house of a matron of high character and repute, named Timoclea, their captain, after he had used violence with her, to satisfy his avarice as well as lust, asked her, if she knew of any money concealed; to which she readily answered she did, and bade him follow her into a garden, where she showed him a well, into which, she told him, upon the taking of the city, she had thrown what she had of most value. The greedy Thracian presently stooping down to view the place where he thought the treasure lay, she came behind him and pushed…

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Review of Salvia single and ‘Abstract Concepts’ album by Stupid Cosmonaut

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Stupid Cosmonaut are a 3 piece ambient / pysch band from Manchester, England comprising of Sam Read, Mark Hawnt and Steve McNamara. They all take an equal share in producing and writing the music using mostly hardware synths, guitars, bass and samples.

Stupid Cosmonaut only formed earlier this year but they have been very busy, producing a video for their first single Salvia which was released in March. It’s a great debut single, a slow evolving song opening with keys and distorted guitar drone which creates a great contrast. There’s a really good guitar solo and use of a recorded sample which adds a great element. The video suits the song really well, it’s hypnotic and a bit trippy at times.


Hot on the heels of Salvia is their debut album, Abstract Concepts released on 23rd May as a cassette and digital download. It’s a brilliant debut album, I really…

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“Why do all old statues have such small penises?”

How To Talk About Art History

'David'_by_Michelangelo_JBU10 Close-up of Michelangelo’s David

Reader question: “Why do all old statues have such small penises?”

The reader who sent me this felt that it was a question that was maybe too silly for my blog, but – firstly – there are no questions too silly for this blog, and – secondly – the answer to this question is actually pretty interesting.

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