8 thoughts on “The Dance of King David [Art]

  1. An amazing image!
    But why are the sword being brandished?
    Perhaps they are working themselves into a frenzy before engaging in the slaughter of their enemies, or celebrating the victorious slaughter of their enemies?
    It seems to me that the very first thing that you do when you enter a Sacred Space to perform or witness any kind of Sacred Art, whether it be poetry, drama, dance or music, is to leave your weapons at the door.


  2. John’s comments about celebration of slaughter and his suggestion of the inappropriateness of violence in sacred space have got me thinking…
    I really need some art appreciation lessons on this artist to try to understand the symbolism in this painting. I tried an internet search but was unsuccessful in finding any interviews or explanations by the artist. I know many aspects of the story of Kind David very well but can only guess at what the artist intended to convey.
    Perhaps the partly black figures indicate that David was “tainted” despite his extravagant dance of worship. He had been involved in bloody battles and committed murder by proxy, as possibly depicted on the left-hand side third of the painting. He had been involved in sexually immoral situations (e.g. Bathsheba) as possibly depicted on the right-hand side third of the artwork? The cherubim figures are certainly not of the traditional asexual body-type, or in the expected pose of obeisance, as depicted in the more usual images of the Ark of the Covenant.
    All in all, it’s quite an intriguing piece of art you’ve posted up for comment, Matt!


  3. I think the ambiguity of the image gels nicely with the ambiguity of King David himself. Though he demonstrated faith in the face of fearful opposition on many occasions and composed many psalms that inspire us even today, he experienced moments of chronic failure in which he betrayed others and God. Nevertheless both his successes and his failures we can glimpse God at work if we have the eyes to see.


  4. I like this image a lot. Your point about David’s ambiguity is a good one. He is a complex figure, and ancient Israelite religion (as opposed to later rabbinic forms of Judaism, esp. after the temple destruction) is very complex as well. I think this image is very NIetzschean in the best sense of the word – it expresses a primal exuberance, joy and strength – a Dionsysian revelry of sorts, which transcends the dichotomies of good/bad, pure/impure, etc. Very interesting and rich image. Thanks for posting it.


  5. It’s a long time since this artwork was discussed! Perhaps you could tell us more about why you created it and what the symbolism means to you? That would be very interesting, thanks, Iliya 🙂


  6. Dear Lucy! It’s very hard to explaine the fantasy that come like inspiration to me! I very wanted to depict this fabula about the way of Holy Ark from Hebron to Jerusalem! To create this sexual dance exating and strong king David! He was naked completely before the Holy Ark but I cant to depict that intill today!!I just wanted to create hot sexual but spirit dance of the Great King!!


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