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Three other famous Davids

Other notable artists have also tried their hand at immortalizing the figure of David.

"David" by Italian artist Andrea Del Verrocchio (circa 1465) at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

DONATELLO Perhaps the most famous other David is that by Donatello, which he sculpted around 1440. The statue is also famous for being the first unsupported standing bronze cast during the Renaissance and the first free-standing nude male sculpture made since the Greek classical era. Donatello also made a marble David (1408 to 1409) but it lacks the former's grace and beauty.

ANDREA DEL VERROCCHIO His bronze statue of David was commissioned by the Medici family and probably made between 1473 and 1475. It has been claimed that Verrocchio modelled the statue after a handsome pupil in his workshop: the young Leonardo da Vinci.

BERNINI Some 200 years later we see David in action, about to throw the stone that will bring down Goliath, sculpted by Bernini in 1623 to 1624. This life-size marble sculpture was part of a commission to decorate the Rome villa of Bernini's patron Cardinal Scipione Borghese - the Galleria Borghese - where it still resides.