Donatello Bronze David Analysis

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Donatello’s bronze David is now his most famous work, and was the first known free standing nude statue produced. Lots have perceived the David statue as having many homo-erotic qualities, and liked to argue that it reflected the artist's own orientation. When Cosimo was exiled from Florence; Donatello went to Rome until 1433. There were two works that testified his presence in the city, the Tomb of Giovanni Crivelli at Santa Maria in Aracoeli, and the Ciborium at St. Peter’s Basilica. His return to Florence almost coincided Cosimo’s.
In 1434 of May he signed a contract for the marble pulpit at the facade of Prato Cathedral, it was the last project he completed with Michelozzo. This piece of work was a passionate, pagan, rhythmically dance
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It just happens to be 60 by 60 inches. It depicts the beheading of John the Baptist after Salome asks Herod for his head on a platter. It shows a executioner presenting the severed head and then Herod reacting in shock. One way Donatello describes the space in which the scene takes place is through high and low relief.
One particular technique that he implemented in the statue is the use of rilievo schiatto or commonly known a shallow relief. Donatello had used this one technique in his Saint George predella for the church of Orsanmichele in Florence. Donatello used this type of carving to create a atmospheric effect and to give the impression of greater depth. To create this depth he relied on the contrast of low and high relief. One other very famous piece of work by Donatello is his sculpture entitled Zuccone.
It was originally commissioned for the Bell Tower of the Florence Cathedral of Florence, Italy. It was completed between 1423 and 1425. It just so happens to also be called the Statue of the Prophet Habakkuk since many believe it shows the Biblical figure Habakkuk. It is known for its realism and naturalism which differed very from most statutory commissioned at the

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