Compare And Contrast The David And Goliath

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The Biblical story of David and Goliath is one that provided heroic inspiration for many artists throughout history. As told in 1 Samuel 17, it is a story about a young boy named David who defeated Goliath, a giant Philistine warrior, and saved his people from invasion and slavery. As the story goes, the Israelites were facing the Philistines army and the giant Philistine, Goliath, challenged the Israelites to send their best warrior to battle him to determine the outcome of their armies. David, while bringing food for his older brothers, heard Goliath defy the armies of God and was angry. He accepted; chose stones from a stream and with his sling he approached the Philistine. Goliath mocked David for his youth and choice in weapons but David…show more content…
The David’s that we are going to compare are all within the Renaissance time period and by comparing them you can see the shifts in thought and viewpoint within that period. The three statues of David by Donatello, Verrocchio, and Michelangelo all are great depictions of this story while portraying values of the Italian Renaissance period. They have many things in common while also having their own…show more content…
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) was an Italian poet, architect, painter and sculptor. Not only was he thought to be the greatest artist during his lifetime but he has also been thought to be one of the greatest artists of all time (Gilbert). The Florence Cathedral asked him to complete an abandoned commission from a giant block of marble, to depict yet another David to be a symbol of Florence, and was to be placed on the gable of the Cathedral. Michelangelo finished the giant 17’ statue in 1504. It never made it up on the Cathedral but instead was placed in the Piazza della Signoria and is now in the Gallery of the Academy of Florence while a replica stands in the square. Like the other two David’s, this statue uses the classic contrapposto stance. Also like Donatello’s, Michelangelo depicted the classical nude but with an athletic physique. Unlike Donatello and Verrocchio’s statues though, which show the hero’s triumph and Goliath’s head at their feet, Michelangelo chose to show David before the battle. He portrays the young warrior with his sling in his left hand over his shoulder and a rock in his right, which he is starting to clench. His head is turned to his left watching the oncoming opponent with an intensity in his gaze. Michelangelo’s David shows the tension before the action with a feeling of pent-up energy like he’s about to explode into action. Because of these
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