Sensuality Versus Heroism

In the early 15th century, artist Donatello sculpted a male nude in bronze, David,
using Classical ideals.At the end of the 15th century this sculpture was interpreted by
another artist, Andrea Del Verrocchio.While both sculptures portray David standing
over the head of Goliath, this is where the similarities end.These two versions of the
biblical subject are much different in the way David is portrayed, his attire, as well as the
overall feeling invoked from the two sculptures.
Verrocchio and Donatello both show David standing over the head of the slain
Goliath.Donatello’s David portrays him as a sensual figure rather than a hero.His sword
is pointed downward by his side, and his gaze too is also downward. This makes it look
as if he is humble about his victory. Verrocchio’s David, on the other hand, portrays him
as a hero, valiantly standing over the head of Goliath. His sword is pointed outward r
rather than down, making it look as if he is still ready to battle. His gaze is also up and he
The two artist’s differences in attire on both sculptures also differs.Donatello
leaves his sculpture of David nude except for a hat and boots. The articles of clothing are
hardly noticeable due to the fact that they are a soft and appealing.Verrochio’s David,
however, is clothed in attire suitable for battle. His garment seems to be that of a warrior
The overall feeling invoked from both sculptures is the last difference between
the two.Donatello’s David invokes a feeling of sensuality and elegance in not only the
way David is posed, but also in his serene facial features.Verrochio’s David, in contrast,
invokes a feeling of heroism as well as childlike undertones. His features are more boyish
Donatello’s use of attire, the way David is portrayed, as well as the sen


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