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Everyone knows the biblical story of David and Goliath how the young faith-driven shepherd alone and with only a sling and stone slew the giant Philistine warrior Goliath and brought victory to Israel Its a tale cherished by Christians and Jews alike and throughout history has been immortalized in all areas of artistry Probably the most recognizable and praised works representing the story were done in sculpture by the Early Renaissance artist Donatello and the High Renaissance artist Michelangelo both of which are not to be confused with the fictional sewer inhabiting kung fu turtle-teens However though both sculptures greatly illustrate their makers mastery of statuary and are considered exquisite images of the biblical hero David both Michelangelo and Donatellos David are extremely contrast in interpretation Even at a first glance it isnt difficult to tell a difference in the statues Though both depict David as a young and fair looking lad dressed without modesty in his birthday suit there truly isnt much of a comparison in the overall form and scale of the statues Donatellos David is a life-sized figure made from smooth and lustrous brass that relies on light reflections to create its muscles He is petite and appears quite feminine in his vertical contrapasto and long curly hair That femininity makes the sculpture look like a young child that is more realistic based on the Bible On the other hand Michelangelos David is a massive figure much larger than life-sized created from raw marble which leaves no shine and relies on shadow to create its depth and form Michelangelos David resembles a strong sturdy and very masculine young man that has a more diagonal contrapasto implying muscle tension in the figure perhaps signifying the action to come Ultimately Donatello in his statue appears to be portraying David as he is described in the Bible while Michelangelos sculpture is a more idealized and pumped-up version of the young shepherd Also Donatellos choice of
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