Thursday, November 28, 2013

Michelangelo's David

David by Michelangelo, Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence
David by Michelangelo, 1504
Galleria dell'Accademia, via Ricasoli
Florence, October 2013

“Michelangelo took three years to finish his David. This great work would confirm him as even more than just Florence's greatest sculptor. What the Florentines saw that day in 1504, was a masterpiece with no equal. A giant almost four and a half meters high and the only large nude sculpted after ancient times, as no-one had previously dared to challenge the Greek and Roman masterpieces. But though it does remind us of ancient models, the David sculpture is daringly anti-classical. Its position, though expressing perfect balance, alludes at movement, with its left heal raised off the ground. The attitude is strong, arrogant and, above all, filled with inner life like no other similar classical statue. Behind the apparent equilibrium, his David represses strong energy and tension.”
(Michelangelo's David,

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