Italian Art Class 2017
Details can make or break any situation, object, or building. Creating a very detailed schedule while you are on vacation can be troublesome. However, details when packing for a ten day trek through the woods can mean the difference in survival or not. The same goes for artwork; too many details and a piece can be over loaded, not enough detail, and a piece is bland and boring. However, this Sacrifice of Isaac piece that was done by Donatello, and ________ is one that has just enough detail. The detail is not over baring, and it is not too bland without the details.
Within this work there are many different Biblical details that you might not understand unless you have read the Bible story. These being that Moses is looking over his shoulder. This is the point in the story in which God provided a lamb, or ram to sacrifice instead of Isaac. This is most likely what Moses is looking at. Isaac is looking away towards the ground. Isaac is probably looking away out of fear, and not understanding what is happening. The next Biblical detail that has been added is the wood next to Isaac. This is important because this altar that Moses built was on top of a mountain. Usually the animal that is being sacrificed would carry the wood up the mountain, but in this case there was no animal. So Isaac carried the wood to the top of the mountain just like the animal that would have been sacrificed would have done.
The details within the art work are spectacular. The first that I noticed was that one of Moses's sleeves is rolled up. It is super subtle, but kind of neat. The next detail I noticed was that the fabric in Moses's clothes is one that is wonderful and flowy. This cloth does not look like hard marble, but looks instead like soft fabric. The next detail is the one of Isaacs torso. While I was looking in the museum I thought it was one that somewhat resembled Donatello's David sculpture. However, referring back to that sculpture, there are a few similarities, but not a ton. This work is one that I enjoyed looking at in depth.