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David and The Rome Pietà

1. What form would you consider the work?
- Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art?
- What materials are used?
- What techniques or processes are used to create the artwork?
- What colors are used?
- Describe the use of line, shape, texture, value, color, and balance.

2. Does the work of art have subject matter?
- if so, what is literally depicted?
- is the work of art representational, abstract, or nonobjective?

3. What is the content?
- What does it mean or represent?
- What is the artist's message?
- Is symbolism used? If so, what is the meaning?
- What is the context of the artwork?
- What is the function of the artwork?
- What traditional role of the artist is exemplified?

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First sculpture: Pieta by Michelangelo, located at the Vatican (St. Peter's Cathedral), Rome, Italy
From Web site: http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/michelangelo-pieta.html
An Image from http://www.rome.info/michelangelo/pieta/

Second sculpture: David by Donatello, Florence, Italy
From Web site: http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/Donatello.html
Images from 3pipe.net:

What form would you consider the work? Both of these works are sculptures, one in bronze, by Donatello, meant to be viewed in the round, and in marble, the Pieta by Michelangelo, meant to be viewed from the front.

- Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art? Both of these are three-dimensional works.

- What materials are used? Donatello's David is cast bronze, and Michelangelo's Pieta is carved and polished marble (stone)

- What techniques or processes are used to create the artwork? Cast bronze is done using a mold. The mold is usually made in the negative from a full-size sculpture, sometimes in wax, which is the positive. The wax is burned away, leaving the mold, which is then used to pour the molten metal into. Once cooled, the mold, usually of plaster, is broken away, and the bronze is trimmed and polished. The marble, once quarried and transported ...

Solution Summary

Comparison between two Renaissance sculptures: Donatello's bronze David, commissioned by the Medicis, and Michelangelo's marble Pieta, commissioned by a cardinal of the Catholic church, for stylistic differences.

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