Michelangelo's David is in the Gallery of the Academy of Florence. It represents David, a biblical character who knocked down a giant throwing a stone to his skull. Built on the legendary Carrara marble it is 5.17 meters high and weighs over 5 tons and a half. In its time it was a symbol of power and it has been recorded in history as one of the most important works of the Renaissance.
Speaking of art is among other things speaking of Florence, the Renaissance, Michelangelo and of course his masterpiece "David". This work was carved with such a delicacy and affection that even now, five centuries later it continues to attract the eyes of thousands of tourists and art scholars alike.
Apart from its great artistic value, this sculpture gains an even greater dimension when framed in the historical context in which it was formed, a turbulent period of battles between republicans and powerful families.
The defiant and confident gaze of Michelangelo's David could well convey the combative feeling of the newly formed Republic of Florence after having overthrown the Medici and other Papal States which, like Goliath, were much greater and powerful enemies.
It is easy to imagine the pride the people of Florence felt for this sculpture, because even though it was initially ordered to form part of a group of sculptures in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, once it was finished it was preferred to be placed in Piazza della Signoria in front of Palazzo Vecchio, in sight of all who would pass by this busy square.
In fact it was there over 506 years, until in 1910 when it was moved to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, to protect it from the harshness of the weather and other dangers, leaving an accurate copy of the original in the place it used to be.
There are many reasons why you should visit the amazing city of Florence, among them the most important may be to view with your own eyes the sculpture that has fascinated generations of art lovers: David of Michelangelo.