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THE ARTWORK OF "DAVID BY MICHELANGELO"

Michelangelo's "David"—Less a Liberation from Marble than the Exemplification of Renaissance Ideals

The sculpture by ***** Renaissance Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti of the Biblical hero "David" is so famous that statue's ubiquitous appearance in parody and ***** actual texts upon the history and aesthetics ***** art has rendered the work's appearance a cliche more *****n a inspiring work of *****. However, r*****ther than simply something that is a pre-extant ***** for the ages, it is important to remember that the work's construction is ***** product of a p*****icular period of history, not something that sprung fully-fledged from the mind of *****.

Of course, Michelangelo has contributed to this romantic conception of his statue by stating that his image of ***** was pre-existing w*****hin ***** block of marble he used and that he ***** liberated t***** form ***** the young hero from its confines. "Sculpture" during ***** Renaissance was "considered the finest art ***** because it mimics divine creation." In o*****r w*****ds, the sculptural image was "found within ***** block of stone much as the human soul is ***** within the physical body." (Culture Shock, 2003) Michelangelo, thus in his statement, was ***** simply pay*****g tribute to his own genius or the genius ***** David, but also expressing a common idea about the medium he worked in, typical of ***** era.

An art critic rather than an enthusiast about ***** must also ask why did the artist perceive David ***** the fashion that he *****? ***** is a Biblical hero portrayed in a variety ***** fashions throughout the Old Testament book ***** bears his name. Michelangelo selected not the king in love with Bathsheba, but a young man who is ***** to a rock *****t Goliath's temple. "Michelangelo selected the tense moment before the battle." (Sullivan, 2001) David is po*****ed, almost leisurely, ready to attack, ***** also posed in a way that highlights the strik*****gly perfect nature of his figure ***** face.

***** *****'s focus on David as a h*****ndsome young man and a brave warrior is keeping ***** the ***** Rena*****sance fascination for classical antiquity at the time. There was a strong revitaliz*****ion of interest ***** knowledge in the period of Greece and Rome, and the artwork of ***** ***** *****. It is interesting that a l*****ter contemporary of the artist named Georgio Vasari, stated in 1550, fifty years *****'s construction from 1501-4 that he "marveled" at ***** ***** of the statue, greater than "all other *****s, modern or ancient, Greek or Lat*****." He did not compare it to ***** religious renditions ***** the figure of David, but to classical antiquity as a whole. David is less interesting as a religious figure than Michelangelo's excellence in render*****g a p*****rticular Renaissance *****l ***** strength and perfection.

***** "David" is both naked ***** powerful looking, in ***** style of the discus thrower of antiquity ***** than of statues of the Medieval versions of Christ ***** the Sa*****ts ***** traditionally show *****se individuals in states of privation.

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