The first piece of artwork that I have chosen to work with is the David by Michelangelo. Yes, this is one of the, if not the most famous sculpture in the world but that is not my reasoning for choosing it. Before seeing the actual David inside of the Galleria dialectical, I visited the copy of it outside of the Palazzo Vehicle. After getting my first taste of the fake version, I thought it was a cool sculpture but didn’t see what all of the hype about Michelangelo could possibly be about.Order now
However, as soon as I went into the Academia for the first, I could not believe how peculiar the original David looked in person. In its current home at the Academia, it stands there perfectly under the biggest dome in the building at the end of the hall from unfinished Michelangelo sculptures. As you walk towards the statue I felt as if it were under a spotlight, grabbing everyone’s attention that walks by it. The first time I stared at it, I could not help but to notice the impeccable detail in the human body. This sculpture defines where all of a very fit male’s muscles lay very accurately on the human body.
The stomach muscles looked so perfect that the sculpture could pass for breathing. One of my personal favorite aspects of the sculpture is the immense detail in his hands. Not only do the hands look absolutely flawless, but also the veins protruding from the skin and the grasping shape of the hand on the sling are so incredibly realistic. While I was hesitant to choose this as one of the artworks to write a paper on simply because of its incredible fame around the world, I could not resist choosing it because of the way to had truly ‘wowed’ me he moment I laid my eyes on it.
Michelangelo crafted this sculpture between the years of 1501 and 1504, with it finally being unveiled on the 8th of September 1504. This sculpture depicts the biblical battle between King David and Goliath. The naked human form of David was used in a purposeful manner in an effort to show his pureness and lack of defense, as well as giving a timeless interpretation of the biblical story, and not allowing the differences in style of clothes to make this sculpture feel outdated like Tangelo’s David of the sass’s.
When the famous statue was finally completed, it was brought to Palazzo Della Signora, the headquarters of the Florentine government at the time although it had initially been planned to be one of the sculptures lining the roofline of the Doom. This statue represents human strength and the strength of the Republic of Florence while there were many other strong cities and empires surrounding them. In 1873 the Statue was removed from the Palazzo Della Signora to protect the world’s most famous statue from damage and placed in the Academia where it remains today.
The Opera’ obtained the original massive block of marble and a contract was formed for Agitations to sculpt a David from it. Agitations sculpted it only for a short while, beginning to form the feet, legs, and torso. Agitations stopped working on the sculpture in 1466, only to have the marble contracted out to another artist. In 1476 and the marble sat outdoors untouched for another 25 years. Thankfully, the Opera’s determination to have the Davit’s sculpture paid off when the contracted the then 26 year old Michelangelo to take on this daunting task.
During the destructive times of WI, Italians feared that the sculpture was vulnerable to damage from airborne attacks. As a protective measure, brick walls surrounded the sculpture. While the great effort to preserve this spectacular sculpture was successful, in 1991 the sculpture was deliberately attacked with a hammer and damage was sustained to the toes.