The David, one of Bernini’s earliest masterpieces is currently located in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, Italy. It was commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese to decorate his home the Borghese gallery, which is now a museum. What makes this artwork even more incredible was that Bernini competed it at the young age of 25.
Next this statue is made of carrara marble is designed unlike other David status created by Italian Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Donatello, who portrayed David as a grown man and a heroic figure after killing the giant Goliath. Bernini’s piece shows a much younger David in the moment before he releases the stone from his slingshot killing his foe.
Additionally, this artwork shows a few of the main themes of Baroque art. The first is the movement shown in the way David in posed and ready to release. Second, tension in the taunt muscles on his chest, legs, arms, and the look of concentration shown on David’s face that was said to be copied off the same look of focus on the young artists face as he created this piece. Third, is the realist texture and folds of fabric of David’s clothing.
Finally, this is my personal favorite of the many David statues that have been created because it is the most realist portrayal of David as a young man, and I really like the artistry of the piece of David in the moment.
“Biography.” Bernini, Gian Lorenzo. Web Gallery of Art. n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013.