Michelangelo, David

1504

Marble

5.17 metres

Gallerie dell’Accademia

This David is the quintessential “Renaissance” piece, and could not in good conscience be left out of an exhibition examining Humanism in Renaissance Florence. Created as a symbol for the Florentine Republic, fresh off a victory against Pisa, this gigantic statue is imposing, graceful and beautiful on a new level of Beauty, a level created by and explored by the Renaissance Humanists. Here, Michelangelo’s idealism is fixed in marble, “an ideal of incorruptible and and external beauty, a beauty that itself implied invincible power”(Borea, 14). This power was embraced by Florentines of the time, and the David still remains a symbol of the strength and power of the new Florentine Republic.

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