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

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

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

The artist's focus on David as a h*****ndsome ***** man and a brave warrior is keeping ***** the Italian Renaissance 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 the classical *****. It is interesting that a later contemporary of the artist *****d Georgio Vasari, stated in 1550, fifty years David's ***** from 1501-4 that he "marveled" at ***** nature of the statue, greater than "all other statues, modern or ancient, Greek or Latin." He did not compare it to ***** religious rend*****ions of the figure of David, but to classical antiquity as a *****le. David is less ***** as a religious figure ***** Michel*****ngelo's excellence in render*****g a p*****rticular Renaissance *****al ***** strength and perfection.

Michelangelo's "David" is both naked and powerful looking, in the style of the discus thrower of antiquity ra*****r than of statues of the Medieval versions of Christ ***** ***** Sa*****ts ***** traditionally show these individuals in states of privation.

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