Wednesday, November 24, 2010

David, Donatello

Donatello's David messes with the concept of a warrior in our mind. Donatello emphasized the youth of David at the time in his life when he slays Goliath, making him appear soft and feminine. He does not swell with musculature as in other representations of the Biblical hero. His stance is feminine and suggestive, almost sassy in his victory. This effect is only furthered as Donatello entwines David's toes into Goliath's beard. The hero is also chronologically mistaken--both the sword and hat that he wears is a salute to the Tuscan culture rather than the ancient Israelites.

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