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You may be wondering who is David Or what is the David Within the next few pages I will be answering your questions like Who is David Or what is the David His importance in history When was the David sculpted Why was the David sculpted And finally a comparison between other Davids like Vercchios David and Donotellos David Oprea del Dumo di Firenze ordered the statue in 1501 after Michelangelo had come back from Rome It took Michelangelo two and one half to three years to complete the David The David was originally placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio but in 1873 to protect it from the elements a copy of the David was put outside of the Palazzo Vecchio to replace the real one which was put into the Accademia Gallery David was the youngest of eight sons of Jesse He was a shepherd that had saved his fathers sheep from a lion and a bear only using a sling and smooth stone These were common weapons in those days If you practiced long and hard enough you could shoot one rock up to one hundred miles per hour and you could hit anything you wanted to like a tree a bird or any animal you wanted When David was about fifteen years old he was sent by his father Jesse to go to the army with food and bring back tidings of the battle While he was there the Philistine champion Goliath who was a giant from the town of Gath which was in Philistine territory came out and challenged the Israelites to send their greatest warrior to fight him and whoever lost would become the victors slave meaning that if Goliath won the Israelites would become the Philistines or vice versa No one would challenge Goliath except for a young shepherd boy named David David fought Goliath with only a sling and a stone
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