4 Things You May Not Know about Michelangelo’s David

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4 Things You May Not Know about Michelangelo’s David

4 Things You May Not Know about Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo’s David is one of the most well known pieces of art in the world, and it’s located in the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze (Accademia Gallery of Florence) in Florence, Tuscany.

There may be many things that make this part of Italy a stunning tourist destination, but this is without a doubt a must-visit attraction. Michelangelo’s David may be an iconic statue, but there’s plenty that you may not know about it, such as:

There are several replicas

The original David statue can be found in the Accademia Gallery of Florence – but there are other copies of the statue located in this part of Italy. There are another two replicas found just in the city of Florence, one of which you can find in David’s original position (in front of the Palazzo Vecchio), and the other is a bronze statue that sits upon the Piazzale Pichelangelo. These aren’t bad replicas, but if you stay in Florence, you may want to make sure that you see the original.

David is a religious statue

The statue is actually based off of a biblical hero. David was the one who had defeated Goliath in battle – and while there are many pieces of art relating to this story, there are a few things that make Michelangelo’s truly unique and special.

For one, most artwork featuring David depicts him fighting his enemy. Many believe that this statue shows David before he went into battle however, mainly because of the anxiety sculpted into his face.

The right hand is too big

Those who have an understanding of anatomy may see that his right hand is quite a bit larger than it should be. Most art historians believe that this was an intentional reference, rather than a mistake. This is because the hero’s nickname was “strong of hand” (manu fortis).

Since Michelangelo was such an incredible artist and sculpture, it’s not hard to believe that he made one of the hands disproportionate on purpose – but we’ll never know for sure.

It’s made from a discarded block of marble

Two other artists had given up on working with the block of marble used to make David before Michelangelo took it and created a world renowned masterpiece. Agostino di Duccio was the first to try, but he’d decided that the project wasn’t worth the effort.

10 years later Antonio Rossellino set to work on creating a sculpture, but he found that the material was just too difficult to work with, and ultimately discarded his idea, too. Before Michelangelo took his turn, it had been left untouched for around 40 years.

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