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The Statue of David

A masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, The Statue of David completed by Michelangelo in 1504
A masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, The Statue of David completed by Michelangelo in 1504

Historical Context

Commissioned by the Overseers of the Office of Works (the Operai) of the Duomo, Florence's cathedral in 1501 to be a symbol of the city, Michelangelo's Statue of David is regarded as one of the artist's, and the period's, most important sculptural works.

Standing 14 feet high and weighing over 5 tons it was carved from a single block of marble that had already rejected by other artists.

Michelangelo was only 26 when he began this work and unlike other statues of David, he depicted his subject before his battle with Goliath, using the contrapposto pose to convey his subject's pent-up sense of energy before battle.

Artifact Info

Location: Florence, Italy

Source: Academia

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