He is one of the biggest celebrities ever! His picture is everywhere: from t-shirts to small plaster statues; from stamps to pens. Michelangelo’s David is the most famous statue of the globe. How many replicas can we find out there?
Florence’s superintendance of culture has decided to find them all! Of course the idea is that everyone helps – including you. So, if you see the David in your city just take a picture and share it at Where is the David Flickr group. (you can find the step-by-step guide here).
About the original David
David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by the Italian artist Michelangelo. It is a 5.17 metre (17 foot) marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was instead placed in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on 8 September 1504. Because of the nature of the hero that it represented, it soon came to symbolise the defence of civil liberties embodied in the Florentine Republic, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family. The eyes of David, with a warning glare, were turned towards Rome. The statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery in Florence in 1873, and later replaced at the original location by a replica.
The project is so fun! Check all their web channels:
website – www.whereisthedavid.com
fanpage – www.facebook.com/whereisthedavid
twitter – www.twitter.com/whereisthedavid