David (Donatello)

David (Donatello)
One of the most famous biblical stories is the one about David and Goliath: the second a big warrior with a lot of strenght, the first one being just a kid who actually managed to defeat him with just his sling. Such a popular story is being represented in art in various forms, with the most famous ones being the statues known as "David". There are multiple with this time: Donatello even made two actually, but the one that I'm describing in this versus is the msot well known, while the other one is just a early version mostly ignored. The statue, that you can find in Florence, was scuplted around the 1440 and is one of the most representive of the century. The statue doesn't have any other element around David - and it's the first statue of this kind since Ancient Rome, before that there were some architectural elements around the statues. David is standing, naked, surrounded just by the typical elements of the Bible story: there is the head of Goliath at his feet, and he's holding a sword. This whole figure symbolize the triumph of reason over brute force. On the top of his long hairs, the hero wears a rather unusual hat called petasos, which was worn by pastors in ancient Greece. Talking about Greece, the hero have the proportions typical of statues of that period: a naked body, very soft, but also frail. It's a very harmonoius, and his posture is proud and relaxed at the same time. For those reason, the statue is considered somehow unrealistic - but that was the intention of the artist, of course. David is shown with a lot of perfection, a lot of power. His attitude is mischievous, and conveys a strong sense of superiority typical of many adolescents. On a artistic level, the statue doesn't have a preferred point of view: it's a all-round scuplture. You can walk around it and admire all of the details, all of the cure it went into the realization of this young hero, into this very classical style, testimony of an era of art and heroes.

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  • A symbol of its era
  • One of the most well known piece of art by Donatello
  • It resembles the classic ancient Greece period
  • Perfect proportions
  • It portrays the hero after the fight, in the middle of his triumph

  • It might be smaller than expected
  • Not as famous as other statues
  • It's not the main focus of the museum where you find him
  • You might like bronze less than marble (like the other David)
  • A common criticism is that proportions are even TOO perfect


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David (Michelangelo)

David (Michelangelo)
Michelangelo is often considered one of the biggest artist ever, or at least one of the biggest one around 400-500. Author of many different works, including paintings, buildings, and statues, he was another artist who created a work of art based around the biblical figure of David. Created around the first years of 1500, you can find this statue too in Florence - he's basically the symbol of the city, and the main testimony of the Renaissance. While Donatello's David is set after the fight against Goliath, the statue of Michelangelo catches David in the moments before the fight, while he's preparing to face his terrible enemy. This statue is very popular amongst art experts: many people consider it literally as the most beautiful thing ever created by man, and it's often identified as the most perfect ideal of male beauty in art form. You might agree by looking at him: massive, tall, full of strong muscles that are still resting since the fight have yet to come, his penetrating look that reveals how much he's focusing on a mental level. You can understand that the fight is not even started yet by various elements beside the relaxed muscles: if you look at his hand, you can see that he's holding the stone that he will use to kill Goliath. He's looking at something, probably the enemy himself, seeing how much contempt there is in his eyes. There is also a small tree trunk near his leg, used to hold the massive weight of the statue, as does his particular pose. Creating what a lot of people consider perfection was a challenge, from the material used to the method of scuplting. And if this hasn't blown your mind yet, remember that Michelangelo created this when he was around 25 years old. The David went throught a lot of accidents and vandalism acts, and was almost censored in multiple occasion, but the love for the statue never died and today is still a major example of what art is.

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  • Perfect proportions
  • Considered the perfect ideal of male beauty in art
  • Michelangelo created it just when he was 25!
  • It's massive!
  • The symbol of Florence
  • Marble is a very elegant material

  • Was censored multiple times
  • You can't really walk around it to fully appreciate the statue
  • There is always a lot of people near the statue, it's hard to fully appreciate it
  • The hero is portrayed before the fight.. he still have to win




It had to be this David, made by Michelangelo because it's just so iconic like JoeMilford said. I actually wasn't aware of the David (Donatello) one until now but know and have seen this one quite a few times (not in real life of course).
Posted by kingcool52 on 12-09-2017

David Michelangelo

I think this is the best known and arguably the best representation of David. Michelangelo is one of the best artists every and his David is known all over the Western World.
Posted by kgord on 12-10-2017

David Michelangelo Is Best

This sculpture is so iconic--don't get me wrong, the Donatello is unbelievably amazing, but the study of the human body as captured in marble by the master, Michelangelo, is beyond compare or reprieve. The work in stone here is remarkable and the act of a true perfectionist. This sculpture made it tough for the rest of the men out there, like me, to achieve the ideal physique.
Posted by JoeMilford on 12-07-2017


Michelangelo is one of the most competent and influential artists in the world. The art he represents serves as an inspiration to all people at different levels of perception (and this is something incredible because the scale that his art reaches has no limits).
Posted by wiseagent on 12-07-2017

Michaelangelo is in a class all by himself.

Had to learn about both of these artists in my high school Humanities class. Michaelangelo is in a class all by himself. Comparing Donatello's David to Michaelangelo's David is no comparison at all. I remember thinking that when I first saw pictures of both sculptures in my course textbook.

When I read the description of David in the Bible, I think to myself: “Michaelangelo was no doubt trying to stay true to the image of David painted by the Biblical word.”

As for Donatello? I don't know what he was thinking about! (O.o)

Posted by foxchannel on 12-07-2017

David (Michelangelo)

This is one of my favorite statue. David is one of my favorite character in the Bible. He is a shepherd boy who became king. He is the second king of the Israelite. This is a beautiful art piece.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-15-2018


David (Michelangelo) statue is artistic. Perfect human body that is distinguished with the right proportions. However, it should be censored when kids are walking around, unless they could cover up the genitals for the little girls who passes by.
Posted by peachpurple on 12-07-2017
I know Michelangelo' David, however, I don't know Donatello and his David. In fact I had never heard of artist named Donatello. Perhaps, that is because art is all Greek to me. Since I do not know Donatello's David I cannot compare this artwork with Michelangelo' David. However, I think Michelangelo' David is a wonderful artwork.
Posted by vinaya on 12-07-2017
David Michelangelo statue is better if the image here depicts the real statue, it was perfectly crafted and looks more natural than the other.I know people will be fond of his statue since he the popular one..This was really an artistic work.
Posted by lovely on 12-08-2017
I like this David by michealangelo because it catch me up my attention not like the other one. But I appreciated this two statues and I'm so proud those people who made this amazing sculpture.
Posted by mar06 on 01-20-2018
Both sculpture that are meant to represent the time of David as a king and warrior in the Bible is really amazing. One good thing that I always pick out of some of these work of arts is the way the artists invloved takes time to design the sculpture in the best way that they feel that it should be represented. I wouldn't say that this one is better than the other or something of that nature for both of them did an amazing job.
Posted by Barida on 03-11-2018
Recently I discovered very interesting things about Michelangelo's David, considered by art critics the perfect ideal of male beauty. To begin with, it was not simply a random work that was then placed where it is. She was commissioned to be as she is and for a very specific purpose.
Posted by hermessantos on 03-16-2018
To be honest, I only learned of Donatello as an artist when the ninja turtles became popular on tv. Donatello was one of the ninja turtles together with Michael Angelo and Rafael and Leonardo. The story of David and Goliath is one that can inspire the underdogs like the poor and weak. David was a small person who fought the giant Goliath and won the battle with his slingshot. It may just be a lucky shot but nevertheless, it is the result that mattered.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-02-2018
Both of them are great. I am also an artist so I do compare but each piece has it's unique style and that's whats make them a great artist and I am not a bias. I know how hard it is to make a piece. It really needs passion, dedication, love and appreciation and that's what more important. You love what you do and spend time what you like.
Posted by nekonieden on 04-16-2018
Haven't had the great opportunity to check Donatello's David, but I did had the chance Michelangelo's David in Florence, and honestly is gorgeous. First, is way too impressive, the statue is higher than what you expect, and is right there admired for hundreds. What you just can't believe, is that a simple guy, with simple tools, could make that amazing piece of art by carving marble stone. I mean, honestly, the details of human body are perfect, and the magnificent statue looks like a real live petrified giant, unbelievable!
Posted by ballyhara on 07-25-2018