Florence’s Most Famous Statue12/1/2010
My single most favorite European artwork is the Statue of David located in Florence, Italy.
Built in 1501 by master sculptor Michelangelo, the Statue of David is truly an awe inspiring masterpiece. I was mesmerized at the height and fine craftsmanship of this priceless piece of art.
The David Statue stands at over 17 feet tall and represents the biblical hero David from the story of David vs. Goliath. I find the sheer height of the statue ironic because David himself was described as a small character compared to the mighty Goliath.
I arrived at the Accademia Gallery excited to see the Statue of David and the other works of art inside. I had no idea I would develop neck cramps spending over 30 minutes gawking at the massive statue. The David Statue alone was worth the price of admission.
Carved completely out of marble, Michelangelo’s work depicts the “flawless male body” as interpreted during the Renaissance time period. Scholars argue that David’s pose suggests he is preparing for battle against Goliath.
David’s intense glare was later turned to the city of Rome due to conflict between the Florence powers and Roman officials.
You could spend hours viewing the details of the colossal creation. I was especially drawn to David’s large head and hands, a Michelangelo signature. The bow over David’s shoulder also drew my attention.
I was unable to take photos at the Academia Gallery because they are banned. That didn’t stop a few overzealous tourists from snapping images. I respect their rules and decided to take pictures of the replica outside of the Palazzo della Signoria.
Here is a photo I took in the open air museum at Palazzo della Signoria.
The Statue of David continues to draw tourists from around the world. It remains Florence’s most famous statue. I believe, however, that the David Statue might be the greatest statue ever created.