In Florence in 1489 is where one of Michelangelo’s early sculpture studies was executed. The "Head of a Faun" is a lost marble sculpture of a head of an aged faun with a front tooth knocked out, this latter point having been an afterthought suggested by Lorenzo de Medici. The head is sometimes identified with one in the National Museum at Florence, which however shows no marks of Michelangelo's early style and is in all probability imitated. Another early work that reveals his style is the bronze “Madonna seated on a Step”, also executed in Florence. This bas-relief, executed in imitation of the technical style of Donatello, is an example of Michelangelo's early work in the Medicean School under Bertoldo.
Through his early works we come to the David. The marble David erects 17 feet from the ground and weighs a striking 12,000 pounds. Commissioned by the Office of Works of the Duomo in Florence in 1501, Michelangelo was asked to tackle the sculpture after Agostino di Duccio failed to successfully complete the sculpture. In 1504 the David was completed and placed in... [continues]
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