Michelangelo's Masterpiece "David"
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"David" is largely considered Michelangelo's most important artistic achievement, and one of the most famous and widely appreciated masterpieces of the Renaissance.This paper discusses Michelangelo's "David" in the context of the Italian Renaissance, and its significance to the life of the artist who created in at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The paper also examines how Michelangelo's incomparable technique was paired with his anatomy knowledge and resulted in a stone replica of the human body that has not been equaled since.
From the Paper:"The two most arresting features of the statue are the powerfully outsized right hand and the large, proudly defiant head. The hand probably illustrates the idea of manu fortis that was associated to David in the Middle Ages: strong of hand (Hibbard 56). David appears to illustrate Michelangelo's dualistic view of the body and soul, and to provide an enhanced reinterpretation of Antiquity that brings forward more power, beauty and precision that ever before, and some argue, since. Despite the fact that David is regarded as the most important product of Renaissance in terms of sculpture, it is very interesting to note that the proportions of the statue are not ideal as the Renaissance credo held they needed to be, in the sense that they are not completely true to the human form. Posterity has offered two possible explanations for the lack of perfect human proportions in the case of Michelangelo's David. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hibbard, Howard. Michelangelo. Harper & Row, 1985; 51-85.
- Huber, Lorraine G. "The High Renaissance period 1495-1520"
- Vasari, Giorgio. "Michelangelo's David (1550 CE)" In Paul Brians, Mary Gallwey, Douglas Hughes, Azfar Hussain, Richard Law, Michael Myers Michael Neville, Roger Schlesinger, Alice Spitzer, Susan Swan Reading About the World, Volume 1. Harcourt Brace Custom Publishing. <http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~wldciv/world_civ_reader/world_civ_reader_1/vasari.html>
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