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David by Michelangelo This is a massive statue Although the art textbooks and guidebooks generally say that The David is 434 centimeters 14 3 tall without its pedestal computer scientists have determined this famous sculpture is actually three feet taller Its 517 centimeters 17 tall and weighs well over nine tons It sits on top of a six-foot pedestal It was carved during the High Renaissance period from a block of marble that another sculptor had left unfinished Michelangelo had been dissecting corpses for about five years at the time he made this sculpture so some wonder why the head and hands are too large in comparison with the body It is thought that since the statue was originally intended for the roof of the Florence Cathedral the exaggerating the head and hands would have made them more visible from a distance The statue was never placed there but set instead in front of the Palazzo della Signoria the center of government in Florence As a result its meaning changed Rather than being a religious image it would have been one of several Old Testament figures on the cathedral it became a symbol of the political strength of Florence against the forces of tyranny It is possible that the artist intended the hand symbolize strength and power Michelangelo depicted him before the battle a young man concentrated and determined to help his people and win the battle over Goliath The slingshot he carries over his shoulder is almost invisible emphasizing that Davids victory was one of cleverness not sheer force From a personal and modern point of view I think that David is absolutely exquisite It represents the ideal physical man David looks so strong and virile Michelangelo superbly and realistically captured the physically qualities that make a mans body attractive to a female eye I believe that this work of Michelangelos is considered a Masterwork because of its realistic and careful attention
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