Saturday, May 2, 2009

David by Bernini

Name: David
Artist's Name: Bernini
Date: 1623
Period: Baroque
Material: Marble
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.

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