Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Statue of David

The Statue of David is a renaissance sculpture done by Michelangelo between 1501 and 1504. Its a 17 foot standing statue of a man nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in the art of Florence.Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was instead placed in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on september 8th 1504. the statue was eventually moved to the Accedemia Gallery in Florence in 1873 and the original one outside was replaced by a replica. the reason i chose this statue was because i have a miniature statue of this in my house and its a prized possession in my family. I also am going to study italian art in florence in may and would love to see the original statue of David.

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