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Biblical Archaeology Review 46:3, Summer 2020

Epistles: Clip Art

Biblical Archaeology Review

You recognize this famous work of art. What is it called, and who created it?

A. David
B. Jonathan
C. Gideon
Leonardo da Vinci
D. David
E. Joshua
Andrea del Verrocchio

Answer: (D)

David, sculpted by Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (c. 1386–1466)—better known as Donatello—was the first unsupported standing work of bronze cast during the Renaissance and the first freestanding nude male sculpture since antiquity. Crafted from bronze and standing 5.1 feet tall, David is completely nude except for his hat and boots. This is Donatello’s second statue of David; an earlier, more clothed version of the famous biblical hero was made from marble. Both are currently housed in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, Italy.

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