"David" (bronze) by Donatello

Arguably Donatello’s most famous work, his bronze “David” is, in fact, the first free-standing nude created since antiquity. A landmark (and extraordinarily controversial) work, “David” presents the biblical figure of David in the form of a male youth standing over the severed head of Goliath. Although art historians have offered various interpretations of the sculpture, the palpable homoerotic nature of the work is evident. From the sassy pose down to the hat and boots, every aspect of Donatello’s “David” is cause for much heated discussion.


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