The David and the Accademia

The David and the Accademia

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On the background of Accademia Gallery's Sala dell'Anticolosso, dominates unchallenged the David in its tribune. Commissioned in 1501 to Michelangelo by the Florentine Republic, the statue was first placed in piazza della Signoria, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, as a symbol of liberty. The David represents, in fact the young biblical hero in the moment when he gathers his powers to defeat the giant Goliath. Michelangelo, who was just a little more than 25 years of age was paid 400 scudi for this work of art and used a big marble block already reduced to bad conditions by the efforts of other artists to draw a great sculpture out of it. And from this marble, which by then seemed unusable, came one of the greatest masterpieces of civilization, the height of the Renaissance ideal of the free man and the maker of his own destiny. 124 pages; Dimension (in cm.): 12,5x21
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