|A picture of Michelangelos David might be adequate to
convey the impressiveness of this sculpture, but to see it in
person is to understand instantly why this is one of the most
famous works of art in the world. Walking through the hall of the
Gallerie dellAccademia in Florence to the rotunda built especially
for the sculpture, I couldnt help but look up with awe along with
the throngs of tourists and students standing around the statue.
Michelangelo has portrayed David here as a young boy, poised before
battle with the giant goliath. He carries his sling over his
shoulder and a stone in his right hand, and his muscles are tense
in the apprehension of the moment. Michelangelo here has created a
masterpiece in the highest sense of the word, bringing the
Renaissance principle of the ideal male form to perhaps its highest
The copy of the David in front of Palazzo dei Priori
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Nice article. It is indeed a masterpiece. For those who cannot travel to Italy, they may wish to examine work done by Stanford university, 'The Digital Michelangelo Project'. A high resolution 3D laser scan of David can be remotely accessed through 'scanView' software to closely examine David from any angle. http://graphics.stanford.edu/projects/mich/ -Modulok-
Never saw Michelangelo's David, but did see his 'other' masterpiece The Pieta when it was on display at the New York World's Fair. Although still a boy, I was in absolute awe of the pristine and magnificent beauty of this sculpture. It seemed alive and breathing - I will never forget the experience. It is little wonder why he is considered not only one of the world's greatest artists, but a genius as well.
I have always loved this sculpture. The closest I got to seeing "the original" was the copy in the Louvre, Paris. Up til then I'd only seen photos. One minor quibble, this doesn't conform to Renderosity's TOS that the rest of us have to adhere to. There's no "Nudity" warning...
another great study on one of arts true masterpieces. most of your other paintings in this italian masterpeices thesis speak alot about symbolism and what the paintings mean and what the artist may have been trying to say...but this doesnt seem to be an issue with sculpture. and yet i have to ask, (and im going solely by what i can see in this photograph of this sculpture), what is that sculpted on david's right leg, aiming up towards the backside of david's, well, backside?. is it just me, or is the artist making a personal statement with this addition to his sculpture of david? i am no expert of the times or artwork in any sense of the word, but from what i have read about these periods of time when some of the worlds greatest art treasures were made, was that homosexuality and eccentricities of these artists and their peers was if not normal, then prevelant. so do i just have a dirty mind, or is that a phallus aimed at david's rear end in this sculpture? and i have to say that i never would have even thought of such a thing had not i first been to and read the other theses by Jenna and the comments on all of the other masterpieces prior to coming to this final masterpiece. so was i influenced by previous reading, or do really see what i think i see? someone let me know. and thanks jenna. this entire series has been very very intersting and educational.