The point of views of David
These sculptures are based on the stories of King David of the Old Testament who entered battle with goliath on behalf of the Israelites. The first time David publicly displayed his courage was when, as an inexperienced shepherd boy armed with only a stick and three stones, he fought the nine-foot, bronze armored Philistine giant, Goliath of Gath. After skilled warriors had cowered in fear for days, David made a slingshot, which God told him would win him the battle. He was only a child and a shepherd when he fought the battle hard warrior that goliath was depicted as. David is the second king of Israel and is a symbol of the Florentine Republic. He was the underdog in the battle with goliath such as the Florentine republic was to Milan. The reason I chose these were because I have seen Michelangelo’s David on my trip through Italy them up-close I decided to write about him but Someone gave me the idea to compare him to another one of his three replicas made around the same time. There are 2 Very famous interpretations of David by two very famous artists, im sure you know the name maybe not the art hey have created. To better understand the works of art we will first go over, the artist that created them. Donatello and Michelangelo Both names that will be remembered through time.
Donatello was a Sculptor born in C.E 1386 in Florentine; Italy. And died in 1466 .Donatello was educated in the house of the Martelli family. He he received training in a goldsmith's workshop, and then worked briefly in the studio of Lorenzo Ghiberti. The detail he inserted in his art made him a well know sculptor of the early Renaissance.
Michelangelo was an Architect, Painter, Sculptor, Poet that was born March 6, 1475, Caprese, Italy. He died on February 18, 1564, in Rome, Italy his works are numerous he was raised in Florence. His works are numerous and include the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, David and Piata and was encouraged by Lorenzo De Medici. Was a religious man and was never married.
Donatello’s David 15th century was made in the early Renaissance .Currently David is in the Bargello in Florence in a vaulted room. The building was used for judicial proposes but now it’s a museum. Donatello’s David was the first free standing nude sculptures since classical antiquity. For a thousand years the Christian west looked to the soul as the place to focus, the body was seen as a path to corruption and so it was not interpreted as much as the soul. What makes this piece so unique in its time was that it’s a return to ancient Greek and Romans sculptor love of the body. It’s a bronze sculpture with a hollow inside made with the same technique the Romans and Greeks (Casting)(1).No one knows who commissioned this sculpture but it was placed at Medici mansion. And at a certain angle was visible to all who passed since David is a symbol of Florence. By David is in a relaxed pose...