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The Four Davids David who was destined to be the second king of Israel destroyed the Philistine giant Goliath with stone and a sling Donatello Verrocchio Michelangelo and Bernini each designed a sculpture of David However the sculptures are drastically different from one another Each one is unique in its own certain way Donatello whose David was the first life-size nude statue since Classical times struck a balance between Classicism and the realism by presenting a very real image of an Italian peasant boy in the form of a Classical nude figure Although Donatello was inspired by Classical figures he did not choose a Greek youth in his prime as a model for his David Instead he chooses a barely developed adolescent boy whose arms appeared weak due to the lack of muscles After defeating Goliath whose head lies at Davids feet he rests his sword by his side almost to heavy to handle It seems almost impossible that a young boy like David could have accomplished such a task David himself seems skeptical of his deed as he glances down towards his body Apparently Davids intellect faith and courage made up for his lack of build Fichner-Rathus 331-332 Verrocchio who also designed a sculpture of David was the most important and imaginative sculptor of the mid-fifteenth century This figure of the youthful David is one of the most beloved and famous works of its time In Verrocchios David we see a strong contrast to Donatellos treatment of the same subject Although both artists choose to portray David as an adolescent Verrocchios brave man appears somewhat older and excludes pride and self-confidence rather than a dreamy gaze of disbelief Fichner-Rathus 334 Donatello balanced realistic elements with an idealized Classically inspired torso whereas Verrocchios goal was absolutely realism in minute details The sculptures also differ in terms of technique Donatellos David is mainly a closed-form sculpture The objects and limbs are centered around an
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