The Davids A Comparison

From 1430 to 1623A.D., four sculptures of the Biblical David
were created. From the master artists Bernini, Donatello,
Michelangelo, and Verrocchio came the most famous David's of the
world.Even though infinitely many were made, these surpass the
others to become marvels that will live forever.
The earliest of the David's, is the work of
Donatello(c.1430).This magnificent work is a life-size, nude,
bronze, figure of David.The sculpture is portraying the scene
after David has cut off the head of Goliath.His foot is raised
on the severed head in a stance of contropposto.His sword is in
the right hand with the stone in the left.This very smooth and
natural looking sculpture was originally part of Medici courtyard
and is the only David of the four created for a private
collection.There are a few symbolic ingredients to this David.
The style of the figure refers to antiquity for the balance and
composition of the nude. Energy in the sculpture animates the
emotions and is a new technique used in this David, once again
showing qualities from antiquity.This energy is not used in the
other figures.In addition, Donatello's David is said to host
homosexual overtones, in the feministic appearance of the body
and the stance.Overall, this version of the biblical hero is
elegantly designed and the originality is fascinating.
Verrocchio's David (c.1473-75A.D.) greatly differs from those
of the other artists'. This statue was commissioned by the Medici
family, like that of Donatello's.However, it was created for
public display.It was in the Palazzo Vecchio, where it gained
almost a republican or city-relatedmeaning similar to the
reputation that the David of Donatello gained, after it was also
moved to the same site.The similarity stops here.The
proudness shows that the hero was well capable of slaying the


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