My dear artist friend, Valery, texted me about the time she saw Michelangelo’s David. Valery enthusiastically shared that David was the most beautiful piece of art she had ever seen, and she was looking forward to me seeing the statue. When I told Val that today was the day, her response was, “Say hi to David.” This afternoon, Ashleigh and I went to the Accademia Museum in Florence where we were introduced to Michelangelo’s David. I have to say, if there was only one thing I could see in Florence, it would be the David. The size and beauty of the work are enough to captivate anyone, but our guide, Emma, told us the statue represented the political values of Florence. She also said that Michelangelo made the David as tall as the biblical character of Goliath, seventeen feet tall. According to Emma, the statue of David stood outside for three hundred years, and so was exposed to the harsh elements of the weather. One cannot see the damage caused by the weather, but damage to the shoulder exists. Damage to the feet exists also, but more from people touching the statue. Centuries of human touch has changed the marble’s composition. Looking at David’s face from different angle’s gives a different emotional perspective to his face…..these and scores more amazing tidbits get tossed around by the many guides helping visitors in the museum understand the statue. But for me, just realizing a lifelong dream of seeing the original David in person with Ashleigh along was more than enough….all I could say to myself was, “Well, hello there, David.” I am posting all the photos I took today so you can say Hi to David too…and Valery, I happily passed your greetings on.
First sight of the statue from the long hallway.
You can get really close.
See the toes on the left foot look rough??? From people in Renaissance Florence touching.
Note the beautiful curls that are worn as a crown.
The legs have a natural stance, but are ready for action.
Did you know that the left arm had been broken into three pieces? Someone tossed furniture out a window…as a protest, of course, during the time when the statue was outside. You might be able to see one break on the wrist.
His right hand holding the pouch of the sling, but no rock. David is still contemplating what to do.
Closer view of toes.
Remarkable in every way.
Not a very good photo of the artist, himself. Sorry.
Okay….so there you are…another day, another adventure. Ciao, from The Unseasoned Traveler.