“David” is one of the great sculptures, embodying so many meanings and questions that worried people in the 15th century. This is the statue that marked the beginning of the rebirth of the body cult. The question of the time for the creation of this masterpiece remains unclear. Most art historians date the sculpture from 1430-1440.
With his work, the Italian sculptor Donatello repeated the image of a man traditional in ancient times. A counterpost was chosen to give the figure - a very relaxed posture, when the weight falls on only one leg, the other is slightly bent. This gives the sculpture a sense of movement.
During the Renaissance, this figure seemed surprisingly lively compared to how medieval sculpture looked for centuries. It has a clear connection with antiquity in another aspect - in its material nature. The sculpture is made of bronze with a small addition of tin for strength. The statue was created using technology known as lost wax casting, which was once used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. "David" is a young man, the future king. He stands on Goliath's severed head, holding a sword in one hand and a stone in the other. It is not difficult to notice some sensuality in the way he put his hand on his hip and looks down.
It should be noted that the sculpture was very important for the city of Florence. For the inhabitants of the city, this was not just King David of the Bible, various associations were associated with him. First of all, it was seen as a symbol of freedom and privileges, which the Florentines so valued.
In the 1460s, she stood in the Medici Garden, although it is not known exactly who ordered this work by Donatello. When the dynasty was expelled from the republic, the statue was placed in the city administration and became available for viewing by everyone. In the second half of the XIX century, the sculpture was given to the National Museum of Florence and occupies a special place among other exhibits.
Painting Brodsky Summer Garden Autumn