These teacher materials allow students to evaluate works of art in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art in their historical context. Portraiture in particular is explored as a way of eva
Frederic Leighton (British, 1830-1896)
oil on fabric, Framed: 125.00 x 152.40 x 4.50 cm (49 3/16 x 60 x 1 3/4 inches); Unframed: 96.50 x 122.50 cm (37 15/16 x 48 3/16 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1986.74
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 Having just learned of the death of his rebellious son Absalom at the hands of his own army, David has withdrawn to a chamber above the city gate.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.