Thursday, November 17, 2011

King David

This fifteenth-century sculpture is the bronze David by Donatello. an early Renaissance Italian artist. David often known from the Bible Story of "David and Goliath". There was a battle going on between the Israelites and the Philistines. Goliath was the champion warrior of the Philistines and he would beckon the Israelites twice a day to send out one of their own to fight. King Saul at the time and the rest of the army were afraid.

Now David (the future king) was very young, fair, beautiful and tended after the flock. He went out to battle as well but to help out with water and minute things like that. But one day, David accepted the challenge. His brothers laughed at him, but reluctantly King Saul gave the small but brave David his hefty armor. David said to Goliath “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head..." THAT'S deep. Long story short David kept his promise to Goliath, slayed him with a sling and sword and swipe his head right off by the sword.

As far as the sculpture is concerned, I like it because of the story it represents. I understand how Donatello was trying to portray the "fairness" of David because he was young, and pretty for a boy. But I don't like his stance, at all, or the total fact that he looks like a girl in this art piece. Nevertheless, I really like the story behind the sculpture.

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