Comparison of Three Sculptures Katelyn Sauerland Art 101 October 9, 2012 The major difference between the three David’s is obviously the periods in which they were carved. Michelangelo’s was during the Renaissance, Bernini’s is Baroque, and Donatello carved his David during the Gothic period. Michelangelo’s David is very large in size, over fourteen feet tall. This makes him seem to loom over his admirers, and makes him a rather imposing figure. It is more than obvious that this David is naked, has no flaws, and seems to be in perfect health.
The perfect man, if you will. All of this is typical of the Renaissance period in which he was carved. Michelangelo’s David seems to be pondering something very important, perhaps the meaning of life? He is not in a hurry to do anything, and he is not rushing off to do anything. In fact, he hardly looks like the famed warrior who slayed a giant of a man. Bernini’s David, on the other hand, looks as though he is right in the middle of the famed battle with Goliath. You can just imagine the rock in his hand as being the very one with which he brought down the giant.
In Bernini’s statue, David has on some manner of clothing. It is not much more than a piece of cloth thrown over his private parts, but it still gives him some modesty, which is in keeping with the Baroque period. Gian Lorenzo Bernini created his statue of David using marble as the material. This statue is a life-size representation of David during his battle with Goliath. Donatello’s sculpture of David was created in the Early Renaissance. It is made of bronze and reaches 158 cm of height. This sculpture depicts a naked David, wearing only a hat and boots. He has an enigmatic smile on his face.
David is carrying a sword and he has his foot on Goliath’s head after defeating him. This statue became controversial for being the first freestanding nude man and because it was considered to have political significance. Something that makes Donatello’s David stand apart is the fact that he actually made TWO statues of David. The first was in 1408, and is made of marble. This marble representation is rather boring and traditional, and shows none of the innovative style that Donatello later exhibit. The second David was done in bronze in the 1440’s, and is another nude – although this one is wearing a hat and boots.