Donatello And David Analysis

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It is at the start of the 15th century that scientific discovery begins to take off. This growing interest in scientific knowledge is then showcased through art for the next three centuries, covering the renaissance, baroque and rococo stylistic periods. Although it is not a continually growing interest, the interest is always present and shifting in its use.
This interest starts in early renaissance with Donatello’s sculpture of David. Donatello builds upon the realism previously made popular by the Roman period, by elevating it to a new level. Although the Greek’s and Romans were intrigued by the muscles and bones of the body, they focused solely on action and power poses, with the stances not being natural or realistic in many cases. Donatello
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Leonardo Da Vinci used dissection of corpses to study how muscles played below the skin and how joints worked together to bend and pose. To compare statue with statue, however, it is best if we look at Michelangelo’s work. Michelangelo also created a David sculpture, although a bit more idealistic. Where Donatello’s David is lean and stringy, Michelangelo’s is massive and muscular. You can see the individual muscles playing below the movement. Both David’s are in contrapposto position, however, Michelangelo combines Donatello’s naturalism with Leonardo Da Vinci’s ability of the spiritualism. This David appears strong and …show more content…
France and the aristocracy takes over and decides that artwork should be based on their lives and their ideal leisure activities. Artwork moves from realistic, natural, spiritual and educational pieces in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, to very frivolous and dramatic pieces in the beginning of the Rococo period. Now, this does not mean that all scientific knowledge is lost, it is just present in a different way. This can be observed through aristocratic furniture, such as the mechanical writing table by Bernard van Risenburgh, which has a series of gears, latches and slides that transforms a beautify piece of furniture into a very useful and secret keeping table (Pierce,

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