on 17.10.2012 - Bernini: David*
This is my first post for the newly launched +Breakfast Art Club
page, where I will be contributing a post of art every Wednesday.
Lorenzo Bernini's version of David
is a testament to the power of Baroque art. It was created around 1623-1624 and shows David in the process of hurling the slingshot which brought down Goliath.
If you look at the the statue, you can almost feel the tension in his left side as he follows through with the swing, much like a pitcher in modern day baseball. His concentration is clear from the the focus of his gaze and the way he has clenched this lips. His muscles are still contracted from the throw, and he has not yet relaxed after letting go of the stone. This is not some effeminate young boy or lascivious smooth young male; this is a young man in the throes of a fight for his life.
As to be expected of a work by Bernini, one of, if not the
foremost sculptor(s) of the Baroque period, this work has all of the elements of the Baroque style, emphasis on dynamics and movement, the use of diagonals to create tension, clear (and possibly overemphasized) emotion, and above all, the total focus on the physical reality of the body being portrayed.
Anyone giving this work more than a passing glance cannot fail to feel
it. #art #treadlightly