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David With the Head of Goliath and Two Soldiers

Of French origin, Valentin de Boulogne worked throughout his career in Italy where it is thought that he arrived around 1613 or 1614. His father was a painter and maker of stained glass and one of his brothers was also a painter. Valentin de Boulogne may have trained within this context, possibly completing his studies in Paris or Fontainebleau. The first reference to the artist in Rome dates from…