Because of the importance and the charm of the masterpieces

2/12/2021, 11:33:13 AM
Because of the importance and the charm of the masterpieces here, I decided to make a change, and share this time a couple of sculptures depicting David, hoping you like it. 1 - Verrocchio (1435 - 1488): David (detail), 1466 - 69, partially gilded bronze, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence . . The statue was commissioned by Piero de’ Medici, Lorenzo the Magnificent’s father, probably following his success against a plot in 1466 that had threatened to remove him from power. Verrocchio's David has the lively appearance of a contemporary Florentine youth who is proud of his victory. With bold arrogance, he has his left hand on his hip while in the right he holds his sword. In 1476, the statue was put near the entrance to the room of the Priors in Palazzo Vecchio as the civic hero and symbol of the city. In order to adapt the sculpture to its new home, Verrocchio was asked to move Goliathis head, which was originally next to David's right foot, to the current central position. . . 2 - Donatello (1386 - 1466): David (detail), c. 1440, bronze, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence . . This is the first full-round nude statue made since antiquity and is certainly Donatello’s most famous piece. It was commissioned by Cosimo the Elder around 1440. Donatello created a totally unusual image of the young Biblical shepherd here. He is an ephebic adolescent whose nudity alludes to the humility and courage which defeat arrogance and brute force. The contamination between the Biblical-civic theme and ancient mythology is also expressed by the extraordinary hat trimmed with ribbons and crowned with laurel that recalls Mercury’s winged hat. 3 - Donatello (1386 - 1466): David, 1408, marble, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence . . This marble David represents Donatello's first work. In order to enhance the figure with the appearance of a victorious warrior; several changes were made to highlight the sling via which the young man defeated the giant Goliath. The elegant drapery and the inclination of the bust are still typically Gothic, while the head of this biblical hero is reminiscent of ancient sculpture. (from the labels of the works)

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