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David by Donatello courtesy of IWSA Wordpress Donatello's David clearly shows the use of natural and telling poses. David stands in the contrapposto pose, weight on one leg with other knee bent. The youth's relaxed left foot toys with the severed head of Goliath. The facial expressions show the determination and self-sufficiency of the Renaissance. It is the pose which shows the peaceful and eloquent nature of the boy. Instead of being idealised and his body hidden under shapeless clothing David also shows naturalism through his realistic slender nude body. His figures seem capable of movement and can easily be removed from their locations to stand on their own. [MH] {AP}

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