David by Donatello
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The second David was likely a commission from the Medici family, and originally stood in the courtyard of their palace in Florence. It depicts David as a far more physically delicate hero then the marble rendition. He is nude except for his hat and boots and stands with one foot atop the slain giant's head.
The bronze David by Donatello is spectacularly lifelike, and somewhat effeminate in nature due to his physical beauty. His slight frame implies that he was assisted in battle by God, for how else could he prevail against such a well-armored giant?
Donatello's bronze sculpture of David was the first male nude since antiquity. Records show it may have been fairly controversial. After the Medici family fell from power and the statue was relocated there were reports of distaste with the work. As history has progressed "David and the Goliath" has been a quintessential example of Donatello's ability to combine naturalism with divine inspiration.
Both statues of David by Donatello are now housed in Florence's Museo Nazionale del Bargello.