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Statue of Michelangelo's David

Statue of Michelangelo's David

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A bold reproduction of Michelangelo’s David (Marble, 1501 - 1504), this statuette is a beautiful complement to your art book collection. Cast in resin, finished with a contemporary gradation of dark to light blue.

  • 11.4 × 3.9 × 2 inches (29 × 10 × 5 cm)
  • Comes boxed as shown

About David

At only 26 years of age, Italian artist Michelangelo created David, a gleaming white marble masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. Working in complete secrecy, he completed his 17-foot (5.17 metre) work of genius in two years.

Michelangelo’s David was originally intended to be positioned atop Florence Cathedral, but, when unveiled in 1504, it was considered far too perfect to be placed that high up. The statue was instead placed in the political heart of Florence, in Piazza della Signoria.

Michelangelo strayed from the traditional portrayal by Florentine artists of David after his triumph over Goliath and instead chose to depict him before the battle: tense, relaxed but alert. His barely visible slingshot emphasizes that his victory was due to cleverness and not sheer force.

While ultimately a religious sculpture, David became the symbol of civic liberty embodied by the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state surrounded by powerful rival states and dominated by the Medici family.

  • Product type: Sculpture
  • Shipping Weight: 4.0 lb (64.0 oz; 1814 g)
  • SKU010007284 | 717340182562

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Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564), known mononymously as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance. Born in the Republic of Florence, his work was inspired by models from classical antiquity and had a lasting influence on Western art. Michelangelo's creative abilities and mastery in a range of artistic arenas define him as an archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and elder contemporary, Leonardo da Vinci. Given the sheer volume of surviving correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences, Michelangelo is one of the best-documented artists of the 16th century. He was lauded by contemporary biographers as the most accomplished artist of his era.

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