David – Michelangelo’s Masterpiece – Has a Checkered Past

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The bible’s King David may have been ancestor of Jesus, the best King of the historic planet and history’s initially Alpha Male, but his beginnings and road to greatness were far from convenient.

Michelangelo’s Masterpiece, David, like the biblical king, has an interesting and checkered previous, too.

The Rock That Would Become a King

The big block of marble that might eventually become King David was really quarried over 40 years before Michelangelo took ownership of it. It was mined for sculptor, Agostino di Duccio, an assistant to Donatello.

Di Duccio did imagine a statue of David within the part, but we’ll not recognize exactly what it would have looked like since he stopped function after 2 years, declaring the marble was to difficult to function.

Waiting for Greatness

The partially sculpted block of stone sat unused for many years until Antonio Rossellino took a shot at it in 1474. He lasted just a couple of months before providing up. He equally reported that the marble was too difficult to function with.

Finally in the year 1501 an unknown 26 year aged assistant sculptor was provided the meaningless, spoiled part to practice on. This assistant was, naturally, Michelangelo who boldly expected that he might complete the David without dramatically reducing the size and style of the block or adding any pieces with it.

Everyone laughed at him (I guessing 😉 )

A King Is Reborn

It took Michelangelo just 3 years to create among the world’s ideal masterpieces.

His contemporaries were thus in awe that they instantly gave the statue a spot of honor at the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio.

The statue stood because place, in the wind, weather and ingredients and accessible by the public, for 350 years! So much for the “inferior” marble.

In 1873 David was finally moved inside to its present house, The Accademia Gallery in Florence, where it is actually protected and where it attracts countless visitors everyday.

Long Live the King

David stands 5.17 meters (17 feet) tall. King indeed.

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