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The famous statue of David by Michelangelo


The David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, made by Michelangelo between 1501 and 1504. It measures 4.34 meters in height (5.14 meters with the base) and is drawn from a block of white marble of Carrara, left abandoned after the failure of other sculptors. Michelangelo was able to take advantage of the narrowness of the marble block and circumvent one of his faults (a breach in which he dug the space between the right arm and the torso). Michelangelo represented David, a sling (sling of leather sling) in his hand, just before his fight against giant Goliath.

Initially placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio to symbolize the determination of a young republic against the tyrant, the original is, since 1873, exhibited in the Galleria dell'Accademia of Florence. The David that can be seen in front of the facade of Palazzo Vecchio is only a replica installed there in 1910.© Photo of Emmanuel Buchot

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