I'm also confused by your response, Chris. As to Jeff's initial point about proportion systems and foreshortening, I'm reminded of a valuable lesson in a figure drawing class where the instructor assigned an outside project of a full-figure self-portrait. During a critique of on-going work the instructor praised the foreshortening effect of one bent leg one of my class-mates had achieved. This student replied he hadn't meant that leg to be foreshortened, that it was supposed to be parallel to the picture plane, which is to say he meant the thigh to be its true length, no distortion.
Originally Posted by JeffX99
"Well" replied the instructor," While you have leeway with foreshortening, minus foreshortening the distance from trochanter to patella is far too short on that leg."
[He required that kind of specificity of us when critiquing things like proportions. "I see some problems with proportions" just wouldn't cut it.]
As to David, I also learned theories that the head is so out-sized so as to make it readable across "Palazzo Vecchio", where it was planned to stand. But I've never seen it in situ, and I agree you have to see the genuine article in cases like this to make any judgments. what then? Is the big head intended to emphasize David's youth as he awaits Goliath? For that matter, what's with the weirdly long torso and static pose of Moses as seen from directly in front, while turning to view from the left and crouching a bit yields a Titan just rearing up in righteous wrath? At least, according to Frederick Hartt or some art historian like that, and photos I've seen.
"Three's so little room for error."--Elwell