Michelangelo's David

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Michelangelo’s process of sculpting was very unique compared to the other artists of the Renaissance era. Some say that his greatest accomplishment was his statue of David which soars an astonishing 17 ft. Michelangelo took on this 4 year project, 1500-1504, at the age of 26. In the Renaissance time period, it was common for sculptors to make their works from many pieces such as carving the body from one piece of stone then the arms, legs and head from smaller ones. This was largely due to the veins that run through rocks. If a vein was carved into, there was a good possibility the statue would crack, rendering it useless. It was much easier to determine faults in smaller stones than bigger ones, hence the use of smaller stones to make larger sculptures. Michelangelo’s David was an exception. It was estimated that the marble stone from which David was carved was 25 ft. tall. Michelangelo’s logic was simple; he claimed that, "In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it." Michelangelo said that he was able to see a figure in the stone and all he had to do was chip the pieces away until it was revealed. Amazingly, Michelangelo was able to accomplish one of his greatest achievements with the use of basic tools. During this time, Michelangelo was considered to be a master of sculpting while also being correlated to other famous artists and sculptors. A concept that was commonly shared between artists was the idealized body, what and how a person should look. Michelangelo’s idea of the idealized body is strong toned muscles. The statue of David shows clear definition of muscle in the arms, legs and abdominal regions. Whereas Da Vinci believed that proportions were the idealized body. Many of his anatomical drawings, such as Vitruvian Man, depict the human body in the...
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