WEBINAR RECORDING | “Donatello’s Bronze David in the 21st Century: Controversy over Gender in an Icon”
Presented by Dr. Peter Weller
With Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
No single work of sculpture has generated the gender debate of Donatello’s bronze David. The case for David’s homoeroticism depends on two suppositions: First, the figure’s alleged prurient physical deportment; for to look at the bronze, as it stands in the Bargello makes it seem camp, gay, sweet, effeminate or any other gender cliché. Secondly, its iconography must be secular, not religious. For if religious, that is, if the David, Renaissance sensibilities would have rejected the blatant eroticizing of any ancestor of Christ. Reviewing crucial opinions on this work and my own life mistakes on gendering anything or anyone, this talk argues against both suppositions and contends that any intentional gendering of Donatello’s bronze David is adduced from false display, fallacious interpretation, and twentieth-century myopia. In fact, after presenting this same paper in Venice, Italy, in 2010 at the prestigious Renaissance Society of America, a noted scholar began a verbal attack matched with a London barrister and stomped out!
The webinar recording consists of a 45-minute lecture.
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- Duration 50 minutes
- Language English
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