04 Mannerist - Baroque

04 Mannerist - Baroque - ART 1012 Art History Survey II...

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ART 1012 Art History Survey II Fall 2009 – Section JL24A Study Aid 4 From Mannerist to Baroque Gianlorenzo Bernini, David , 1623 (compare to Donatello’s “ David ” in Florence, 1420; and to Michelangelo’s “ David ,” also in Florence, 1501-1504). Donatello’s David invokes classical Greece in 3 ways: it is the first sculpture since the ancient Greeks and Romans to produce a nude image of a human; this had been regarded as blasphemous, indecent, and idolatrous by the Christian Church in the Middle Ages. Second, the contra posto stance is very classical Greek, both relaxed and anatomically realistic – yet it is also a reinvention of the classical nude, because it does not depict a god or superhero, but rather the “underdog” young man David. Third, the sensuousness and realistic proportions strive for realism and accuracy that the Middle Ages lacked. Note also that Donatello’s David is commissioned by the powerful Medici banking family,
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