The sculpting on the Donatello statue is excellent. It captures the shorter and slightly stubby look of the original Mirage designs. The statue is also surprisingly large. The box claims it is nine inches. But even with the legs slightly bent pose, Donatello stands at least nine and three quarters inches tall. And measured from the bottom of the base to the tip of the bow is slightly over a foot tall when the bo is held in the center. Of course there is no lack of detail either on Donatello, his bo or the base. Even the rings are visible on the end of the bo staff. There are just two things keeping it from being a perfect ten. The first is the hands which have a slightly rough look that doesn't match with the rest of the body. The other issue is the fit for the bo staff. The staff is a separate piece which slides into the preposed hands much like Leonardo's katana on the first statue. But the hands are molded just slightly larger than the diameter of the staff. The weight of the bo is enough to keep it from sliding out, but just barely.
David by Dontello is made of a durable resin statue
Michelangelo’s marble David is not depicted with the slain head of Goliath like the two Donatello statues. The statue is calm, and of the three statues most closely resembles the heroic Greek nude, an example of the rediscovery of classical antiquity popular in the late Renaissance period (Levine). These three statues of the same biblical David, visually illustrate the political and cultural climates of the changing Humanist and Renaissance period they arrive in, and their artists place within that history.
Shop Sculptures & Replicas by the Artist Donatello
Donatello was commissioned to carve a marble David in 1408 by the Operai of the Cathedral of Florence. The Cathedral was the heart of the city. Lavish programs of public sculpture and campaigns of building and decoration were going on in Florence. Historians often date the beginning of the Renaissance to these buildings and decorations being constructed (Wilk). The statue was never erected in the Cathedral; the Signoria of Florence commanded it go to their palazzo, at the civic heart of the city. Perhaps the politicians of the time knew the statue was an effective political symbol. In a similar move, a second Donatello bronze statue of David, commissioned by the powerful Medici family for their palace in Florence, was ordered moved to the Palazzo when the Medici’s were exiled in 1494. To illustrate yet again the Florentine politicians’ acknowledgement of the “ownership” of the David image, Michelangelo’s marble statue of David was originally commissioned by the Florence Cathedral to be displayed along the roofline, and never made it into the church. The statue was placed in a public square, outside the Palazzo del Signoria.
Perhaps even more than a sculptor, Donatello was an innovator