David: September 1501 – June 15013
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
It can’t be denied that this is one of the most impressive sculptures ever made (that we’re aware of). The size alone – 17ft – is incredible, but add to that the detail and precision with which it was crafted, and it’s no wonder that Michelangelo’s David is still one of the most iconic pieces of the Renaissance era.
It is said that this rendering of David represents the moment just before his fight with Goliath: the brief period of time between conscious choice and action.
While it would be understandable to say that the beauty and precision of this statue alone, inspires me, that would fall sadly short of the truth. It is, in fact, more to do with the nearly 100 years he had to wait to be made, and the actual 2+ years Michelangelo took to release him from his stoney cocoon.
This is a masterpiece, and a massive labour of love, for a relatively young artist (26), whose attitude to art, and life itself, is something I hope to replicate.