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Between the years of 1501 and 1504 the great Michelangelo created what is considered to be the most spectacular work of sculpture ever conceived At the young age of twenty-seven a few years after completion of the Madonna Della Piet Michelangelo was commissioned by the Operai of the Cathedral for a statue of David which he later carved from a huge chunk of white unflawed marble The gigantic sculpture portrays David not as a young boy as in those imagined by Donatello and Verrocchio but rather as an ideal adolescent who has reached manhood gazing off into the distance preparing to encounter the enemy Goliath David is portrayed as a most beautiful animal preparing to kill-not by savagery and brute force but by intellect and skill The character of David and what he represents describe Michelangelos patriotic feelings at the time as Florence was going through a rough period In this way he uses David as a model of courage for the people of Florence and demonstrates through David that inner spiritual and intellectual strength can be used to conquer enemies more effectively than weapons and brute strength Michelangelo was born on March 6th 1475 in Caprese Italy a small town outside of Florence Although born in the small village of Caprese he always considered himself a son of Florence as did his father the mayor a Citizen of Florence His father being the mayor encouraged him to become a successful merchant or businessman to preserve what remained of the Buonarroti fortunes But Michelangelo preoccupied with art agreed to apprentice in the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio a prominent Florentine painter at the age of thirteen Michelangelo soon became unsatisfied working in this workshop because many artists would not teach him their artistic secrets So he went to study sculpture and work under another sculptor hired by Lorenzo de Medici the Magnificent ruler of Florence at the time whom he had attracted the attention and
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