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The power The Beauty and Contrast of David Throughout time the biblical story of David and Goliath has been a representation of good triumphing over evil the true at heart and meek prevailing in the end David himself has become a symbol of both power and since the Renaissance one of absolute beauty Many sculptures and paintings of David have been done over time but perhaps the three work of David that emit such beauty and have come to be known so well are the sculptures created by Donatello Michelangelo and Bernini Each artist brings life in giving their separate interpretations of this heroic Biblical character Donatello first brought the beauty of David into the Renaissance This beautiful sculpture was the first freestanding statue of a nudesince Roman antiquityCunningham 12 Donatello gives this statue a stance of elegance true to its sculptors time Nude except for that of his hat and armor boots David poses over Goliaths severed head leaning on the sword of his attacker in a swaying stance Arm upon on one hip the other lightly grasping the sword with his hip jutting out This Statue represents Beauty more than power It is elegant and tasteful giving David a prevailing beauty of youth and the adolescent not trying to create a great representation of overwhelming power Perhaps the most well known and talked about representation of David is that of Michelangelos sculpture In Contrast to Donatellos work Michelangelo has given David a much older appearance taken the adolescent beauty away from him yet given him the absolute beauty of a young adult His stance looks out over what he has slayin both statues are shown at such peace The artist has given him a muscular body so realistic and overpowering This nude statue stands in a representable pose of its time and brings forth a display of pure and bodily beauty In great contrast to both Donatello and Michelangelo Berninis
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