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David Bernini Michelangelo & Donatello

The second king of Israel, David, defeated Goliath and inspired a variety of artists thereafter. Bernini, Donatello and Michelangelo were three among other artists who sculpted the image of David. Donatello’s David was sculpted nearly a century before Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the same name. Donatello actually sculpted David twice. In Donatello’s David, the sculpture was the first life-size nude statue since the ancient era though it would pale in comparison to Michelangelo’s scale. David represented a heroic figure to the Florentines who saw him as a symbol of their own struggle against powerful forces. Donatello’s sculpture shows a David who does not look so certain of his power. Donatello is “often interested in the psychology of his figures and interested in textures” (Donatello 2). We see this in his sculpture because David does not look victorious but more as we might think a young leader might look when facing a giant, a bit quizzical and unsure. The hair and beard add texture in contrast to the smooth boyish face, while the crown of leaves not only adds texture to the piece but is meant


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