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The Davids A Comparison By Randi From 1430 to 1623AD four sculptures of the Biblical David were created From the master artists Bernini Donatello Michelangelo and Verrocchio came the most famous Davids of the world Even though infinitely many were made these surpass the others to become marvels that will live forever The earliest of the Davids is the work of Donatelloc1430 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 Donatellos 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 Verrocchios David c1473-75AD greatly differs from those of the other artists This statue was commissioned by the Medici family like that of Donatellos However it was created for public display It was in the Palazzo Vecchio where it gained almost a republican or city-related meaning 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 giant where Donatellos shows almost no emotion The explicitness
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