Brieflyidentify the artist, when and where it was painted, and its place inthe history of arts.
TheDavid’s statue is one of the most recognizable sculptures ofMichelangelo. He is remembered as one of most renowned Renaissancesculptors. He belonged to High Renaissance, a period characterized byemotions and ability to transcend mortal weakness. The statue wasstationed at Palazzo Vecchio’s entrance in Florence.
Inwhat medium is the artwork created?
Thesculpture is made of a single marble block. Michelangelo worked on areused block and began the work in 1501 and completed in 1504. Thestatue is 5.16 meters high and depicts the biblical David patientlywaiting for the battle with Goliath. With this sculpture, the artistproved to his contemporaries that he is the best among the Romans,Greeks, and all other modern artists, by inculcating formal beautywith influential meaning and expressiveness.
Whatare the work`s important lines and shapes?
Thesculpture is free-standing. He uses diagonals and curves to produce atwisted figure. Carved from a single marble block, the statue standsin an ideal contrapposto position. The diagonal and curved lines ofthe statue’s left arm and leg contrast with the slight linesrunning down the right side. The statue is asymmetrically balanced.The artist has achieved unity by the use of the smooth, 3-dimensionalrealism as evidenced by the neck tends and hand veins. David’s handdemonstrates the unbelievable realism. One can observe musclescoiling in readiness for the incoming battle.
Ifapplicable, how does the work use color and light?
Inthe Statue, the artist uses light and shadow to represent shape andvolume. The light and dark aspects indicate the use of the lightsource. The statue is also in three-dimension.
Doesthe work contain significant patterns?
Howthe parts of this work combine into a meaningful whole?
David`srugged torso, large hands, and sturdy limbs alert viewers of thevictory to come to the tightening sinew and swelling veins amplifythe psychological energy of the statue` pose. The statue also has theemotional impact and heroic physique. The statue symbolizesperfection.
Discusshow you relate to the painting intellectually and aesthetically, whatmeaning it has in your life
Michelangeloheld that sculptures lived inside a black stone until the artist setsit free. Michelangelo sculpted a plethora of figures in variedspaces, postures and movement. In David’s statue, the figure iscarved in high relief. David`s neck is tense, his brow drawn and theblood veins are seen bulging out of hand. The twisted body conveysthe feeling that David is in motion.
Thestatue is naked to reflect the Classical Renaissance. Nude reflectsknowledge and wealth in classic literature reading. Michelangelochose to make some hands disproportionately large to bring thedesired effect. The proportions are based on the biblical David, ahumble shepherd lad who defeated Goliath with a slingshot. The statueis understandable as a humble man, particularly free of attributesthat could readily recognize him as a hero.
Theformal pattern is evident and essential to the identity of thestature. The statute would be rendered shapeless had it not been forthe pattern. Michelangelo portrays human form in perfect proportionand varied attitude. Great emphasis is placed on emotions andattitude.