David (Michelangelo)

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David
'David' by Michelangelo Fir JBU002.jpg
Airtist Michelangelo
Year 1501–04
Medium Merble statue
Location Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Italy

David is a masterpiece o Renaissance sculptur creautit in merble atween 1501 an 1504 bi Michelangelo. David is a 5.17-metre (17.0 ft)[lower-alpha 1] merble statue o a staundin male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art o Florence.[1]

David wis oreeginally commissioned as ane o a series o statues o prophets tae be poseetioned alang the ruifline o the east end o Florence Cathedral, but wis insteid placed in a public square, ootside the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat o ceevic govrenment in Florence, in the Piazza della Signoria whaur it wis unveiled on September 8, 1504.

Acause o the naitur o the hero it representit, the statue suin cam tae seembolise the defence o ceevil leeberties embodied in the Republic o Florence, an independent ceety-state threitened on aw sides bi mair pouerfu rival states an bi the hegemony o the Medici faimily. The een o David, wi a wairnin glare, war turned taewart Roum.[2] The statue wis muived tae the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, in 1873, an later replaced at the oreeginal location bi a replica.

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  1. The hicht o the David wis recordit incorrectly an the mistak proliferated throu mony airt history publications. The accurate hicht wis anly determined in 1998–99 whan a team frae Stanford Varsity went tae Florence tae try oot a project on deegitally eemagin large 3D objects bi photographin sculpturs bi Michelangelo an foond that the sculptur wis tawer nor ony o the soorces haed indicated. See [1] and [2].

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  1. See, for ensaumple, Donatello's 2 versions o David; Verrocchio's bronze David; Domenico Ghirlandaio's pentin o David; an Bartolomeo Bellano's bronze David.
  2. This theory wis first proposed bi Saul Levine "The Location of Michelangelo's David: The Meeting of January 25, 1504, The Art Bulletin 56 (1974): 31–49. See an aa J. Huston McCulloch, David: A New Perspective, (2007) accessed 13-02-2010

Coordinates: 43°46′36.13″N 11°15′34.02″E / 43.7767028°N 11.2594500°E / 43.7767028; 11.2594500