Davids in Motion
8 1/2 x 11 in.
These are a collection of still frames from an animation. The figures being depicted are Michelangelo’s famous David statue (c. 1501-1504), and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s David statue (1624). These two statues exemplary their respective artistic periods; Michelangelo’s representing the High Renaissance, and Bernini’s representing the Baroque. We see in the way these two artists chose to depict the same subject in completely different ways.
For Michelangelo the statue was a celebration of the human form. His David does not engage with the viewer, and is self contained. It does not imply any kind of movement, or that it is part of a story. This David is all about idealizing the human figure.
The Bernini on the other hand is all about engaging the viewer. He wanted to draw the viewer in with an exciting pose. He chose to depict David just as he is about to through his stone, to kill Goliath. The torsion in this whole body, including his face, works to pull the viewer into the story, making this statue more about the story of David than his humanly form.
By animating these two David’s I hoped to make these differences more pronounced. The Michelangelo hardly moves at all. All it does is blink, and breath. It doesn’t imply motion, but instead thought, and deep contemplation. The Bernini exudes motion. It feels like the statue is about to move at any moment, and by animating it, I was able to see that come true.