Using the new Google Art Gallery Viewer … to find Giants

Google have taken their street-view technology inside in order to provide views of art galleries and museums. Google Art Project allows virtual walk throughs of famous art galleries – including MoMA, the Rijksmuseum, and the Uffizi.

It also allows quite detailed and clear zoom-ins. Take, for example this painting by Lodovico Mazzolino
of The Twelve-Year-Old Jesus Teaching in the Temple (1524), now exhibited in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin:

Mazzolino - 12-year-old Jesus
Mazzolino - 12-year-old Jesus Teaching in the Temple

See any Giants? No?

Now, zoom in on the relief scene that’s on the right-hand side of the parapet, behind the 12-year-old Jesus. There you can make out Goliath, staggering about with a stone smack-bang in the middle of his forehead. Just behind him is a boyish David, about to lop off his head, wielding a sword that is obviously far too big for him:

Right-hand side of the parapet in Mazzolino's 12-year-old Jesus Teaching in the Temple
Right-hand side of the parapet in Mazzolino's 12-year-old Jesus Teaching in the Temple

If you’re really keen, you can even zoom in on the anachronistically Masoretic-looking script in the anachronistic books (not scrolls) held by some of the scribes and Pharisees. Perhaps it explains why they look so bamboozled?

h/t: Jim West, Zwinglius Redivivus

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