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The bible’s story of David and Goliath created a symbol of good triumphing over evil that influenced years of commissioned art in the city of Florence Italy. In 1 Samuel 17 the Israelites are being defeated by the Philistine warriors, and nobody will challenge the Philistine’s huge warrior Goliath in battle. A young shepherd comes forward and triumphs over Goliath using a slingshot and the huge warriors own sword (Fairchild) The city of Florence, surrounded by warring neighbors and the internal powerful Medici family, came to see David as representing the underdog who triumphs over evil, the symbol of their own city. Three statues of David commissioned in Florence by two artists Donatello and Michelangelo demonstrate the importance of this symbol to the city. Yet these three statues have their own unique symbolism, their history and unique visual appearance tell a lot about the political and cultural climates they were created within.

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Donatello and Michelangelo both come with their signature weapons, a bo staff and nunchuks repectively. Each has a base with a revoltech joint that can be used to supend the figures off of the ground by attaching it to the hole at the bottom of their shells. Bothe have an alternate head and another bonus accessory to round things out. For Michelangelo, the bonus accessory is a spare nunchuck handle and disk to replicate the look of a spinning nunchuk. That is a very cool idea. But the disk tends to fall off quite easily. Donatello actually comes with two bo staffs. One is a normal staff and the other has a blade on one end as seen in the cartoon. The blade is on a hinge so that it can fold back. But unlike the show, the blade can't actually be hidden in the staff which make the folding feature pretty useless. Both staffs can be attached to his shell for storage, though not at the same time. And they have to attach directly to his shell instead of having a loop there to hold the bo staff. His special accessory is a heart which can be looped around his neck when his head is removed. It's cute. But none of these accessories is close to being as impressive as the pizza that came with Leonardo.

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David as depicted by Donatello and Michelangelo When thinking about a triumph over an unimaginable feat, the story of David and Goliath comes to mind. During the Italian Renaissance, Florence was under constant change and turmoil however David remained a consistent symbol of endless possibilities for the people. “For the Florentines, David represented the essence of civic virtue-courage, fortitude, and faith” (Murray, 39). Various artists have revealed their own depictions of the young shepherd boy but two stand out among the masses. Donatello and Michelangelo both created masterpieces on the biblical subject although the approaches of each artist were completely diverse and caused unique reactions.

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Description: The suggestion of the skyline of Siena with its bell towers, the ancient rooftops, the Torre del Mangia and the magnificent black and white cathedral at dawn is a moment that turns into magic. We will reach a spot where Siena awakens in all its beauty. After a breakfast in a typical café down town we will walk through narrow streets to catch glimpses of a Gothic architecture unique in its kind, where the cotto brick joins the green of the Tuscany region surrounding Siena. We will than climb the Facciatone within the OPA Museum for a panoramic view of the city upto the Chianti and the Val d'Orcia and then dive into the amazing colours of the Cathedral with its frescoes and works by Donatello and Michelangelo.

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