Michelangelo's David is unanimously recognized as a masterpiece of Renaissance art. Carved in less than three years between 1501 and 1504 by a young Michelangelo, not yet thirty, David immediately became a symbol of the city of Florence.
The colossal 9 arms tall (17.0 ft) marble block sculpted by Michelangelo had already been widely hewn by two other artists who worked on it before him. In 1464 Agostino di Duccio was commissioned by the Opera del Duomo (the cathedral's Office of Works) to sculpt a large statue for one of the buttresses of the apse of Santa Maria del Fiore. But the block of marble, badly hewn, remained unfinished. Ten years later, in 1476, Antonio Rossellino tried again to continue the work but in turn abandoned the difficult undertaking. Twenty-five years later, on September 13, 1501, Michelangelo began working on the David, which he completed in January 1504.
Michelangelo's David represents the biblical hero of the Old Testament. David's fight against Goliath is taken from the first book of Samuel. The young Israelite shepherd David demonstrated his courage by accepting to challenge the Philistine giant Goliath to a duel. He managed to defeat Goliath with a slingshot, hitting the giant in the center of his forehead. Then he used his enemy's sword to cut off his head. After bringing victory to his people, at Saul's death David became the second king of Israel.
Many artists before Michelangelo represented the future king of Israel. Among the most important Florentine examples, certainly known to Michelangelo, were Donatello's David and Andrea del Verrocchio's David, both kept at the Bargello Museum in Florence. According to the traditional iconography, the two bronze statues show us the 'victorious David', faithful to the biblical narration. A young David with sword in hand, the severed head of Goliath at his feet.
Michelangelo does not represent the victorious hero but the young man in the act of challenging his enemy before the fight. David's gaze is focused on his opponent's face, the body is vibrant and the muscles tense, in a pose of classical inspiration. The exceptionally detailed description of the muscles, veins and tendons testifies to Michelangelo's perfect knowledge of human anatomy.
The execution of David took place in a very particular period of Florentine history. Since 1494, after the expulsion of the Medici, the city was ruled by a republican government that had its seat in Palazzo Vecchio. Considered as a symbol of the republican liberty of Florence, Michelangelo's David was placed in 1504 in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, near the entrance. A colossal guardian defending the republican institutions against the tiranny of the Medici. In 1873, the David was transferred to the Accademia Gallery and later replaced by a marble copy still visible today in Piazza della Signoria, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.
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Duccio was a wonderful guide! He was very knowledgeable and pleasantly answered all our questions. I would highly recommend this nice gentleman.
Thanks Duccio for an interesting excursion
He gave us a tour on academia gallery. He was very patinante about what he was telling us and a real story teller. Enjoyed the tour and will definitely use this guide again!
Duccio led our 1/2 day tour of the Accademia and highlights of Florence. We found him very knowledgeable. He never lacked for commentary and never consulted any notes. We will use him again and will recommend him to anyone who asks.
I visited Florence this summer with my extended family and was looking for a competent guide. I was lucky enough to find Duccio. He organized for us a spectacular 3-days visit. He took care of our reservations and did not require advance payment. We hired him for three hours a day but he did not mind to show us around other sites when the time was over. He gave us time to take pictures but, honestly, we were so captured by all that he had to say, that we took very few breaks. When I saw his curriculum on the web I expected a good service but his knowledge exceeded my expectations by far. He is very organized, efficient and friendly. Let him know about your background/knowledge of history and he will adjust his explanations so that you don't miss anything. We could not be happier. I'd say: look no further, you have just found one of the best guides in Florence!
My friend and I arrived at the Uffizi Gallery and were offered a tour which we accepted, and we could not have been more fortunate to have Duccio. Duccio is incredibly well versed and knowledgeable about all aspects of the gallery. His English was great (even if he doesn't think so). I would highly recommend booking with Duccio if you plan to visit the gallery, you will not be disappointed.
We are in Florence and on Thursday had a very informative and educational tour of the Accademia Galley where the famous Statue of David resides. The tour company is called Guide Florence Tour and the guide was Duccio Tiracorrendo who was extremely knowledgable, polite and patient. I'd highly recommend Duccio. Cheers Fons (Australia)