August 26, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Unusual features offer clues to an artwork’s function.
When Michelangelo completed David in 1503, Florence celebrated the event. The enormous statue was pulled out into the square in the midst of festivities. After a debate among citizens, the statue remained there for years, serving as a symbol of the Republic itself. Yet the statue was probably intended for a different location, still central, but less civic.
Now housed in the Florence Accademia in a domed space created for the purpose, David continues to awe. He is massive, and beautiful. A perfect young hero, his figure suggests latent strength. In this version of the story, David hasn’t yet thrown the rock that will kill his opponent, the giant Goliath. He is considering the act and its implications, and is fearless before what comes. In this narrative, latent power is sud=ggested, and the size…
Perfect young hero, yet with hands and feet of disproportoinate size. Why would Michelangelo have dome this? We can assume that their size is not an error. While he was himslf young, he was accomplished. He was, furthermore, admired as a kind of magician. The stopne from which he cared david had been used and abandoned by another sculptor; it was a fragment.llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll