Abreathtaking masterpiece made 1501-1504 is still until this day a famousmasterpiece ever created.
David was not only the most well-known sculpture butin most visited galleries in the world, Galleria dell’ Accademia. Michelangelomastered David, a full-size nude statue. This nude statue stands at 17 feettall, prepped with a slingshot in one hand and stone in the other. Weighing at12,478.12 pounds of straight gleaming white marble. This marble from thequarries in Carrara, a single block of the whitest of the world.
High qualitythat was revered during the Greek and Roman eras, David shows off an extremelybuff body. A stance where Michelangelo illustrates the natural of the bodythrough the bending of the hips in one direction and the legs in anotherdirection. David has a meaning and a story behind it. He symbolizes a strong, courageous, andyouthful, what the city in Florence, Italy strived to be. “the nudity of thefigure and the contrapposto stance are directly indebted to the Medicicelebration of all things ancient Greek.” (pg.34, book) David is one of the representations of the Renaissance ideal of humanpotential.
He made such an impact on the society; he was the firstfree-standing colossal nude sculpture since the classical time. David held theimportance for Florence as the symbol of the strength in defense againstneighboring enemies. As a young boy at the time, he chose to fight thephilistine giant, Goliath. “Goliath withhis armor and shield, David armed with his rock, his sling, his faith in godand his courage.” (academia.org) David slings a stone with all his might andhits him in the center of his forehead.
Goliath falls to the ground and his headwas chopped by his own knife. David then get recognized as the hero of Florenceand portrayed after his victory. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, who created the famousmasterpiece. An Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poetinfluence on the development of western art. He created this piece as a projecthe was hired for. Michelangelo was twenty-six years old when he took on thetask and worked on it for more than two years.
To create David, he worked on ablock that was already used by two other artists. The block was lied “abandonedfor twenty-five years in a courtyard of the Opera del Duomo.”(academia.org”)Whenthe statue was ready, it was placed next to the entrance to Palazzo Vecchino.It took four days to move the statue.
Then it was relocated to protect it fromdamages, and replaced in where its admired today, Accademia Gallery.