The Hero David:
Donatello’s Bronze David and Michelangelo’s Marble David
Created an estimated seventy years apart, Donatello and Michelangelo were commissioned to sculpt images of the hero David. While both became important cultural symbols of Florence in the Renaissance, they differ in symbolism and presentation.
Considered to be the first free-standing nude statue since Antiquity, Donatello was commissioned to create a sculpture of the Hero David by the patriarch of the powerful Medici family, Cosimo de’Medici. Placed in the Medici’s Palazzo courtyard in Florence, the exact date of completion is not known, but the five foot bronze statute is estimated to have