The Davids Comparison Essay by Peerless

The Davids
A paper which studies and compares the two Davids of the Renaissance period, by sculptors Michelangelo and Donatello.
# 6812 | 1,550 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 07, 2003 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Sculpture)

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The paper shows how beginning around the early 15th century, the Italian Renaissance (1420-1600) was a culmination of Italy's "rebirth" within their culture which included artistic focus and style. The writer of the paper examines two of the most influential sculptors of their Renaissance times - Donatello, and Michelangelo. He shows how both sculptors were commissioned to create their interpretation of the Biblical David. While the two share some similarities, both pieces are strikingly different from the medium in which they were sculpted to the artist's use of realism. The paper discusses the Renaissance period as a background to these works of art.

From the Paper:

"Michelangelo's David also follows the Renaissance style of increased realism, humanism and return to Greco-Roman traditions. His sculpture came during the time period labeled "High Renaissance," which was the later period of the Renaissance. Michelangelo was given a thirteen and a half foot block of marble to sculpt David out of, which interestingly had been hacked on by another artist already! In essence, the block was used a remnant of sorts. (Bloem) From this enormous block of marble came one of the most famous and breathtaking sculptures of all time. David, unlike Donatello's interpretation, is seen before the fight with Goliath. His body is poised, ready for the fight. The anatomical detail is superb on this sculpture. As the Renaissance went from the Early period to the High period, the artists paid even more attention to detail in anatomy, which is reflected by Michelangelo's David."

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