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Lecture 17 - /03/09 See Artstor for images go to EUR 101...

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Lecture 17 11/03/09 See Artstor for images go to EUR 101 folder. Donatello (1386-1466 A.D.) “David” ca. 1428-40 A.D. After the long Dark Age period, it is the first freestanding statue (body figure) since Roman period. The statue is meant for public display. Both have lowered gazes—signs of mortality. Visual paradox / Christian narrative: boy-like David v.s. monster-like Goliath, nude David v.s. clothed Goliath. Represents the fact that Florence will be victorious over Milan. Bernini (1598-1680), “David” (1623). Unity of body and spirit. Dramatic presentation of sculptures—sculptures in action, intense facial and physical expression. Bernini’s David sculpture does not include the head of Goliath, yet the idea is implied by the gaze of David. In comparison, Michelangelo’s David is self-contained. Bernini’s David seizes a dramatic moment in which David is about to take action. As a result, Bernini’s David is more likely to be located in a larger space which allows the dramatic effect to form to the full extent. (Whereas it doesn’t really matter where
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