Michelangelo sculpted the statue of David at the age of 26. It was sculpted between the years 1501 and 1506. Originally commissioned for the Cathedral of Florence, it was decided by a committee that the 14 foot statue was too perfect to place high in a cathedral. After much discussion is was decided to place it in the Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. It is truly magnificent. It is on exhibit in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Florence. The information about this statue and its history is better told by the curators of the museum itself.
David was removed form the Piazza dello Signoria in 1853 to the Gallerie dell'Accademia to prevent further weathering. This is a reproduction of Michelangelo's David in the Piazza della Signoria, the center of the Florentine Republic in the 14th century and continues to be today.
And from the Piazzale Michelangelo, overlooking the city of Florence you will find a bronze reproduction of David. It was hard to leave Florence. There is so much more to say.
View of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
We'll have to return here later in the week. My goodness there is so much beauty in this city! I could have stayed there forever! And the spaghetti and meatballs, Florentine lasagna and OH! the gelato was just out of this world!
Oh, and did I mention the wine? Oh, my goodness! It was just delicious. I also had my first taste of pecorino cheese (cheese made from sheep's milk). It was wonderful.
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Thanks be to God!
CathyPlease visit Judith at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday and share in the beauty offered there.
Through My Lens. Should be fun!