David’s Sculpture: Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Michelangelo

David’s Sculpture: Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Michelangelo

The Baroque Period of the 17th century is an era depicted through the exaggerative movement or dramatic tension expressed in sculptures (Britannica.Com). The predecessor eras were characterized by the civil and ideologic appeal of sculptures where the emotion captured embodied perfection. Gian Lorenzo Bernini's famous sculpture on David provided a new approach to the conventional ways of presenting figures in the Bible. The masterpiece depicts David in an intense moment which was a very critical moment to winning the battle (Lesik). Bernini's accurate depiction of the moment is through the life-size embodiment of David where the motion seems to be extreme to the point the sculpture seems like it is about to break. Prior era portrayed characters as if they were posing for the sculptor. Bernini's depiction, however, provides a physical tension in David's body as well as an emotional tension. David's face, for instance, is warped and rigid as the rest of the figure where it seems he is concentrating all the effort at the task at hand (Lesik). The emotional portrayal also

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