‘David’ Created between 1501 and 1504
Michelangelo’s David is actually one of my most favorite pieces of art world. I think it is a stunning piece which personifies the qualities of an idealized figure. The statue was originally made of marble and stands at an incredible 17 feet including the base he stands on. David is a representation of David form the biblical story of ‘David and Goliath’ just before his victory over Goliath. Michelangelo captures a heroic interpretation of David, his masculinity emanating gloriously. The way he creates specific muscle definition so intricately proves he most definitely would have used a real subject to help with his creation. This is a figure of idealized proportions. Something most of us would look at and see an image of perfection. The way David is positioned gives it such a human like quality as though it really was someone posing for a picture. This is way I think it is clear David has come from a real human subject. His facial expression is equally as important as his seemingly confident stance. I think his features express an underlying apprehension as he is about to take on Goliath while his body language gives the viewer a feeling of confidence, it does so without being complacent. He still expresses heroic qualities even though he is yet to defeat Goliath.