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Donatello's David

There are some days when I speak (and read) more Italian than I do English. Yesterday was one of them. I spent the morning writing up the new vocabulary from a conversation with a friend in Brescia; in the afternoon I went to the Italian conversation group in Skipton; and during the evening I spoke to an Italian friend in Genova. Some of my friends have suggested that I have an obsessive personality but I don't believe them!


In terms of my writing, I have persuaded an (Italian!) friend to help me translate The Boy with Four Hats and to try selling it in Italy. Il ragazzo con quattro capelli - I think that sounds quite good and it's the most transferable of the things I've written.


For today's image, I've chosen a boy with just one hat - David by Donatello, which is on display in the Bargello in Florence. I have a (marginal) preference for this over the more famous sculpture by Michelangelo. Both are wonderful images of the Renaissance, of turning away from the so-called Dark Ages and looking forward to a golden future of freedom and creativity. For me, however, Michelangelo's figure seems a little arrogant and potentially cruel while Donatello's is truly poetic, inward and reflective.


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