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Who is David? David is the man portrayed in the Bible who is destined to become Israel’s second King. One of David’s well-known stories was the time when he killed the Philistine giant, Goliath, with a sling and a stone. Many artist during the Renaissance designed sculptures of David. These artists include Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, and Bernini. Each of these artists chose to create David in their own special and different way.
The first artist who chose to create a sculpture of David was Donatello. Donatello’s David was the first life size nude statue since the classical times. His creation found a median between Classicism and the realism by creating David as a very real person. He was
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The technique between the two sculptures varies as well. Donatello’s David is what we call a closed form sculpture. David’s arms and legs as well as everything around him are centered around an S-curve Stance. This made Donatello’s creation appear balanced. Verrocchio on the other hand chose to create David with openness. The bared sword and elbow are projecting away from the central core. “Donatello’s graceful pose had been replaced in the Verrocchio, by a jaunty contraposition that enhances David’s image of self confidence (Fichner-Rathus 334).
The next brilliant artist who created a “David” was Michelangelo. He established himself as a sculptor at the age of twenty-seven when he first carved David. Most people find that he carved David from a piece of relatively unworkable marble. Michelangelo’s creation differed from that of Donatello and Verrocchio. This creation is not portrayed after David has already killed his enemy, but it is showing David as a “most beautiful animal preparing to kill-not by savagery and brute force, but by intelligence and skill”(Fichner-Rathus 345). This David has a sling hung over his should while holding the stone he will use in his right hand. You can see by the look at David’s body, especially the veins, that he is ready and prepared for the fight. Unlike Donatello and Verrocchio’s David, Michelangelo’s David is depicted as a young male who has just reached manhood and is capable
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