Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE C: WORLD ART: David or Apollo

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE C: WORLD ART
Preferred Title: 
David or Apollo
Alternate Title: 
David - Apollo
Image View: 
Overall view from back, left
Creator: 
Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian sculptor, 1475-1564)
Location: 
repository: Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)
Location Note: 
Via del Proconsolo 4
GPS: 
+43.770372+11.25835
Date: 
1530 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Italian
Style Period: 
Renaissance
Work Type 1: 
sculpture (visual work)
Classification: 
Sculpture and Installations
Material: 
marble
Technique: 
carving (processes)
Measurements: 
146 cm (height)
Subjects: 
mythology (Classical); Old Testament and Apocrypha; Apollo (Greek deity); David, King of Israel
Description: 
The statue was commissioned by Baccio Valori, the hated Papal Governor of Florence after the fall of the Republic in 1530. Michelangelo used a pragmatic and political approach. This figure has had its double name for a long time, since it was not certain whether it was a representation of the Old Testament hero David or the Greek God of Art, Apollo. But in the round rock under the youth's foot one can probably recognize the head of Goliath: so once again Michelangelo has created a David. Here, unlike the 1504 David, the victorious hero no longer celebrates his triumph; the blood that has been shed seems to have shown him the meaning of his actions and of its consequences. Michelangelo could not have admonished Baccio Valori in a deeper, more meaningful and yet more respectful way. (Source: Web Gallery of Art; http://www.wga.hu/index.html)
Collection: 
Archivision Adjunct Module C: World Art
Identifier: 
7A1-MB-NMB-DA-A04
Rights: 
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.