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When I first began comparing the two different statues of David Berninis Baroque David and Michelangelos Renaissance David the first thing that came to my attention was the facial features As you study the face of Michelangelos David there is a sense of calmness to it There is little or no emotion depicted in his face whatsoever Here is a man ready to face a giant with nothing more than a sling a stone and his faith in God yet there is no emotion on his face No signs of fear anger trepidation determination nothing It is nothing but an emotionless stare as if he knows what it is he must do and is content in fulfilling that task As you study the face of Berninis David however there is a much different scene You can see within his face a look of sheer determination and anger His eyes are set with all of the rage in his body seemingly crunched up into his brow The snarl of his closed and pursed lips demand attention as if they are telling Goliath of his fate as if he had foreseen it in a dream Pure hatred pours out of every feature on his face His cheeks are tense and muscular as if he is gritting his teeth his nose flares with every breath and even his hair seems as if it is poised for the strike Moving on past the heads of the sculptures the next thing I took notice of was the positioning of the arms his sling and the stone On Michelangelos statue Davids right hand hangs somewhat relaxed at his side holding the lethal stone while his left hand rests lazily on his shoulder concealing the sling a weapon that was traditionally used by shepherds during that time he holds within his grasp as if he were showing that the victory David will soon achieve is more of a mental victory than a
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