The sculpture of David in Florence is a gleaming white statue that was created using marble from 1501 to 1504 by the famous Italian artist Michelangelo.
It’s a gleaming white statue that depicts david, the Biblical hero who rose from obscurity to fame when he defeated Goliath.
The statue represents a male nude who’s standing and holding a slingshot in his hand ready for battle.
Even though it’s only a copy, the sculpture is a true masterpiece and that is the reason why millions of visitors come to Italy to view it in all its splendor.
The original sculpture was brilliantly sculpted by Renaissance sculptor michelangelo and is safely kept at a nearby museum.
One amazing fact is that he was only 26 years old when he started the carving in 1501.
Before michelangelo was commissioned to do the sculpture, Leonardo da Vinci had been offered the job but he rejected it saying that he despised marble sculpture as an inferior form of art that’s only good for artisans.
Thereafter, two other sculptors were commissioned to do the job but they never finished it.
The first sculptor to attempt the artwork was called Agostino di Duccio, and he began shaping the legs and feet in 1463.
However, he didn’t get any further and 10 years later, Antonio Rossellino would take over the task without completing it.
25 more years would pass before michelangelo was commissioned to complete the job.
Starting from scratch, he completed the famous sculpture in a spectacular manner, and art lovers everywhere owe him a debt of gratitude for doing such an amazing job.
Carrara marble, which is renowned for being of the absolute highest quality, was used to make the sculpture of david.
The city of florence originally wanted the sculpture to grace the rooftop of the cathedral alongside 11 other sculptures of Biblical heroes.
However, they soon came to the realization that apart from being too heavy to lift up, the statue was too beautiful to be kept hidden on a roof.
A committee was then formed to deliberate on the best place to keep the statue.
After considering 9 different locations, they finally settled on the entrance of Plazzo della Signoria, which was the name of the town hall that now goes by the name Pallazzo Vecchio.
The statue was later moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, in 1873, and the original location now has a replica.
On top of being a huge 17-foot sculpture, it also weighs over 6 tons, which is roughly the weight of 80 adult males.
In fact, the statue was so huge and imposing that local gave it the nickname collosso, which means giant.
The original statue had selected parts of it covered thinly in gold leaf, and this includes a tree stump that’s behind his right leg, the sling that’s over David’s shoulder and the garland draping his waist.
Interestingly, the tree trunk that’s behind the sculpture’s right leg is there to protect it from shattering due to continuous chiseling while it was being created.
So next time you see a classic sculpture with a tree trunk at its foot, understand that it’s there to give it structural support rather than to beautify the artwork.