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Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo’s David is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular sculptures in the entire history of mankind. Made from a huge block of marble, is located in the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, waiting for your visit.

Michelangelo and Florence

Miguel Ángel Bounarroti is the Renaissance artist par excellence. He was an architect, sculptor and painter and his works were among the most sought after at the time. He was born in Caprese, a town in beautiful Italian Tuscany, on March 6, 1475.

From a very young age he began to become familiar with the tools used in sculpture. At the age of 12, he entered the Ghirlandaio family workshop, where he began his first steps in artistic techniques and trades, a training in which he already stood out from his peers.

His relationship with Florencia also began very early, since he traveled to her with his father when he was still very young. Later, it would be in this city where, At 26, he got the great opportunity to start his artistic life: create the great masterpiece of El David.

Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece

Michelangelo’s David is an imposing sculpture made of white marble that has gone down in history both for its beauty and for the enormous technical difficulty involved in its realization, in addition to its significance for all the citizens of Florence.

 

It is carved from a huge block of white marble, which the artists of the time nicknamed “the giant”.

It is an imposing stone mass that several artists had previously tried to work on without success. This work represents King David moments before facing Goliatha duel that would make him go down in history to later become the famous King of Israel and the father of King Solomon, both the inspiration for countless stories, fables and legends.

It has nothing more and nothing less than almost six meters high. The promoter of the commission was the Opera del Duomo of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.

The goal was to complete a series of sculptures to place in the vicinity of the cathedral. For this reason, they had asked several artists to work on the marble piece, but they only managed to mistreat it.

Thus, the Opera decided to remove the marble block that had been kept for years, until Michelangelo dared to intervene in it. And he not only managed to make one of the best sculptures in the world, but also managed to circumvent the cracks and flaws that the previous sculptors had uttered to this block of marble brought from Carrara, and thus use a stone that everyone thought was lost.

In this way, between 1501 and 1504, the great Miguel Ángel Buonarroti worked on what would be his great letter of introduction before the Florentine and Italian world as a sculptor. He presented it to the city in September 1504, as it was placed in the Piazza della Signoria.

It was located there until 1873, when it was transferred to the Academy of Florence for better conservation. In its place, the city put a smaller replica, to preserve one of the emblems of said square.

Since its introduction in 1504, Michelangelo’s David became a kind of symbol of freedom of the Florentines against the Medici government.

Where to see David

As previously mentioned, a replica is currently located in the square to keep it safe and ensure the conservation of the original. East It has been in the Gallery of the Academy of Florence since 1873..

This gallery can be reached by bus, thanks to bus lines 1, 17, 23 and 32, or on foot. Various types of guided tours are offered in this Florentine museum, both general and specialized. Between them, one focused on the figure of Michelangelo and his impressive David.

Looking at it, you will be able to see the age-old ideal of masculine beauty. The thoroughness of the details with which its author endowed it, the tension of the tendons and muscles and the hardness of the expression of this biblical character. It is an emblem for the city and for the history of art, which is a must if you go to Florence.

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