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From 1430 to 1623AD four sculptures of the Biblical Davidwere created From the master artists Bernini DonatelloMichelangelo and Verrocchio came the most famous Davids of theworld Even though infinitely many were made these surpass theothers to become marvels that will live foreverThe earliest of the Davids is the work ofDonatelloc1430 This magnificent work is a life-size nudebronze figure of David The sculpture is portraying the sceneafter David has cut off the head of Goliath His foot is raisedon the severed head in a stance of contropposto His sword is inthe right hand with the stone in the left This very smooth andnatural looking sculpture was originally part of Medici courtyardand is the only David of the four created for a privatecollection There are a few symbolic ingredients to this David The style of the figure refers to antiquity for the balance andcomposition of the nude Energy in the sculpture animates theemotions and is a new technique used in this David once againshowing qualities from antiquity This energy is not used in theother figures In addition Donatellos David is said to hosthomosexual overtones in the feministic appearance of the bodyand the stance Overall this version of the biblical hero iselegantly designed and the originality is fascinatingVerrocchios David c1473-75AD greatly differs from thoseof the other artists This statue was commissioned by the Medicifamily like that of Donatellos However it was created forpublic display It was in the Palazzo Vecchio where it gainedalmost a republican or city-related meaning similar to thereputation that the David of Donatello gained after it was alsomoved to the same site The similarity stops here Theproudness shows that the hero was well capable of slaying thegiant where Donatellos shows almost no emotion Theexplicitness of the emotion contrasts greatly with thesensualness of Donatellos Verrocchios is fully clothed inelegant armor when Michelangelos and as well as Donatellos werevulnerable in their nudity In Verrocchios sculpture Davidcarries a small sword in one hand and his other is on
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