Artist's Name: Bernini
Purpose: Commission for Cardinal Borghese
Unlike the Davids of the Renaissance, Bernini's David is shown in action, rather than in repose after action. His hips swivel and his shoulders turn in preparation to release the stone from his sling and take down Goliath. Also unlike Renaissance sculpture, Bernini's David is not "self-sufficient". He requires more physical space to move into and directs attention away from himself to the imagined approaching giant. His twisting body and the intense expression on his face add drama along with the theatrical billowing of his garment.