How was the statue of David recreated

Michelangelo's David

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History of Michelangelo's David

The story of David begins with a block of stone that was brought by ship across the Mediterranean and then across the Arno from the Fantiscritti quarry in Carrara to Florence and was then kept for years waiting to be worked on. In the middle of the 15th century, the directors of the cathedral workshop and the consuls of the wool weavers' guild of Florence put out an ambitious project which consisted of carving twelve figures to decorate the exterior of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, today's Florentine cathedral.

This 5.50 meter block of marble was called "the giant". After Agostino di Duccio and Antonio Rossellino tried unsuccessfully to carve it in 1460 and left it unsuitable for the project, it was forgotten again in some camp.

At the beginning of the 16th century the project was resumed and at that time renowned artists such as Andrea Sansovino, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarotti were brought in. In 1501, the Florentine Cathedral officially commissioned Michelangelo with this project and aroused such great interest that the artist had to seal himself off to create the sculpture. Michelangelo chiseled David between September 1501 and May 1504 and with it created a Renaissance icon with huge dimensions and proportions. The David is over 5 meters high and weighs more than five tons.

The David is considered to be the highlight of Michelangelo's sculptural work.

Where is Michelangelo's David located?

Michelangelo's David is currently kept in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence and is certainly an object that you should not miss out on during your stay in this admirable city. The Galleria dell'Accademia is located near the monumental Piazza del Duomo. In 1910 the David, which until then had been outdoors in the Piazza della Signoria, was brought to the Galleria dell’Accademia to prevent its deterioration. The David we are currently seeing is a copy of the original.

Curiosities about Michelangelo's David

Did you know that there are three copies of Michelangelo's David in Florence? The original statue is in the Galleria dell'Accademia. The second copy of David is on the Pizza della Signoria in front of Palazzo Vecchio and another copy is in the middle of Piazzale Michelangelo.

Did you know that David has the energy that characterizes the work of Michelangelo? This admirable sculpture exudes drama through his eyes and possesses a body full of tension, with the ligaments, muscles and veins emerging that do not express violent gestures, but are elements that we can also see in other works by this Renaissance artist.

Did you know that the giant block of Carrara marble that Michelangelo used to create the David was damaged? Three different artists tried to work this marble block, but gave up after damaging the stone. It was in such a condition that no other sculptor wanted it anymore, but Michelangelo accepted the challenge of working on it.

Why visit Michelangelo's David?

Michelangelo's David is one of the most representative works of the Italian Renaissance and one of the most famous sculptures in the world. During the Renaissance, great Florentine artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti and Verrocchio created works with this biblical scene, with David always depicted as an adolescent shortly after Goliath was beheaded. However, Michelangelo decided to use this work to depict the moment just before the fight. So we see a young David who is ready to slay the giant with a stone in his right hand and a slingshot on his left shoulder.

The tension of the young shepherd in front of his terrible enemy is represented by Michelangelo through details such as the intense expression in his eyes, a clear tension in the muscles with the protruding veins in which the blood still seems to flow. Michelangelo's David is certainly a masterpiece of Florentine art and one of the most famous works in human history.

How can I see Michelangelo's David?

With the entrance ticket for the Galleria dell’Accademia you have the opportunity to see the famous statue of the great Michelangelo live.

In view of the large number of tourists, it is certainly advisable to reserve admission to the museum in advance. If you would like to deepen your visit with the help of an experienced city guide, you can book a tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia and, if necessary, combine it with a tour of the Uffizi Gallery and a city tour to see the most important sights of Florence in one day. If you are a lover of the great Michelangelo, we recommend that you visit Michelangelo's house and the Galleria dell’Accademia together with your city guide.

Other attractions nearby

Complete your visit after admiring this impressive marble statue and visit other sights that include works by this exceptional artist.

These include: the Museum of the Bargello, where the early sculptural works of Michelangelo are kept. Here you will find the Bacchus, one of Michelangelo's first sculptures and one of his rare profane works, the Tondo Pitti and the portrait of Brutus.

The New Sacristy of the Medici Chapel was designed by Michelangelo and opened at the beginning of the 16th century. Century built. In this sacristy the "Virgin with Child" stands out, one of the sculptures by Michelangelo.