David by Donatello was a risky piece in the time of renaissance art; a free standing male nude had not been done since the Greeks. Both Donatello, and the Medici’s, who were the patrons of David, would have known this. Thus being said, the Medici’s could be described as humanist, or a person having a strong interest in or concern for human welfare, values, and dignity. David was also well liked in Florence because of his underdog status. The people of Florence would find his victory over Goliath relatable and take pride in an overtaking from an underdog. Therefore, choosing David symbolized country pride and a sense of nationalism by Medici’s. Because David is a religious figure, the statue would have shown that the patrons were religious as well as educated and familiar with the stories and teachings of the bible.
The statuettes of two worshipers from the square temple at Eshnunna patrons are unknown although it is very clear what the patrons were trying to convey. The statuettes were mostly portraits of the patrons themselves. The artist would place exaggerated emphasis on the eyes which would display the patron as keeping their eyes open to Christ and show them as willing to see what god is trying to tell them. The worshipers typically had had shrunken hands and arms far too small for their bodies creating a humbling effect which would transfer to how they desire to be seen at the feet of God belittled in front of their savior. The statuettes would also has overly large unnatural feet which the patrons would have believed would make them appear stable and still in worship creating no distractions in the temple and this still unmoving statue would also take place for the patrons when they were away from worship filling in for them to make possible 24 hours of stable worship. Such a luxury as this could only be afforded by the wealthy. Just creating this statue would show the wealth of the patron.