The three “Davids” by these artists represent the beginning, height and ending of the Italian Renaissance, and three very different views on man’s interaction with God.
|Donatello worked on the "David" between 1430 and 1432; it |
currently resides at the Bargello Palace and Museum in Florence, Italy.
If you were in Ren Art Hist 101, the standard interpretation you would get for Donatello's “David,” is that it’s a homo-erotic work: young David is pubescent and the long curling feather from Goliath's helmet (at David's feet) goes up the back of his right leg in an erotic gesture… and that would pretty much be it. But I would like to suggest, that Donatello chose a young David to emphasize that David was too young to have accomplished this “miracle” on his own: it was the Holy Spirit inspiring him to take the challenge and slay the giant Goliath, using the shepherd boy as a passive vessel and not an active participant in Goliath’s downfall. To support this, the huge sword in his hand represents the Sword of Truth from Revelations.
|Probably the best known work of art of the Italian |
Renaissance, Michelangelo completed the work in 1504.
|Bernini's 1623 marble statue of "David" resides in Rome.|
|Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa in the Cornaro Chapel demonstrates God's |
messenger, the Angel with the arrow, overwhelming the Saint with God's Grace.