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Jennifer Keefe

Professor Mark Moak

Art History

1 December 2011

The Life and Times of the Four David Artists

Through out the years there were many great artists who created many great

works of art, but only four Italian artists really stick out for creating the same piece all

with different points of views. These artists were Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo,

and Bernini, all of who created a David sculpture. Each one very unique and different.

These four artists all stand out in there own individual ways.

David who was supposed to be the second king of Israel, killed Goliath with just

a sling and a single stone. The story of David and Goliath goes something like this,

according to the bible in 1 Samuel 17. “The Philistine army gathered for war against the

Israelites. The two armies faced each other on opposite sides of a valley. A Philistine

giant named Goliath, would come out in armor and challenge the Israelites to war. The

King of Israel who at that time was Saul, and his whole army were scared of Goliath.

David who was the youngest son of Jesse, was sent to battle for one simple task, to

bring his father back news of his brothers. While there, David heard Goliath shouting

and saw the fear that had began to show in the men of Israel. David volunteered

himself to fight Goliath, it took sometime for Saul to agree, but finally he gave in.

Dressed in his simple tunic, carrying only his staff, slingshot and a pouch full of stones,

David approached Goliath. The giant cursed at him, making horrible threats and

insults. David said to Goliath, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,

but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of

Israel, whom you have defied ... today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to

the birds of the air ... and the whole world will know that there is a God...

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