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David of Michelangelo, Florence, Italy
David of Michelangelo, Florence, Italy

In 1501, Michelangelo was 26 years old, and he was one of the most famous and best-paid artists during his time. He worked steadily for over two years to create one of his most significant and famous masterpieces, which was made out of gleaming white marble, David. Michelangelo surprised everyone with this revolutionary interpretation of the biblical hero.

The statue is in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy.

David’s sculpture is 5,16 meters and it weighs 5660 kg.

There is a sling on his left shoulder and a tree trunk behind his right leg. They were covered with gold leaf, but since the statue has been left outdoors for over 400 years now, it has been washed away.

The story of David and Goliath is a biblical story. David defeated the giant Goliath, who could not be defeated only by strength, since David was smaller. It took brains and skill to defeat someone bigger than him, and he did it with a slingshot.

Many statues that were created before Michelangelo’s David, usually portrayed this story after he defeated the giant, with Goliath’s head by his feet. Michelangelo went against the general depiction and decided to portray David before the battle.

The sculpture of David before the fight shows his face and the concentration of him thinking and strategizing how he’s going to do it. He has the rock inside his right palm and the slingshot resting on his shoulder.

How to get there

Bus lines: 1, 17

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: 8.15AM – 6.45 PM

Ticket Prices

Regular: €8,00

Reduced: €4,00

Skip-the-line: €16,00 – $18,50

Official Website

www.accademia.org

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