With the Renaissance period came the interest in man and the physical senses. An interest in the human body and nature. Christopher Columbus sailed the globe in search of new territories and treasures. The Renaissance man exuded a self-confidence in the world around him. He was interested in exploring his physical world not the next, like the Middle Ages before it. Culture was focused on fame, success and fortune. The Renaissance man pursued the good things in life; good music, good food, and splendid dress. Brocades and silks from all over the world were popular. The middle class now grew from farming into banking and trade. Portraits were an extremely popular form of art. This period in art is often described as "a gallery of unique faces".The evolution of the ideal man during this period is seen in the portrayal of David. In Donatello's David. He is a shepard boy.
In Verrichio's David he is self-assured with "swagger".