David is the king of Judah and Israel, chosen by God, whose real existence is put in doubt by historians. According to the biblical story, while he still was a shepherd in adolescence, David accepted the challenge of the Philistine giant Goliath and cut him only by throwing a stone from a sling. This mythical moment, as the very idea of an ideal ruler, repeatedly used as the theme for the works of art: cinema, painting, sculpture.
In sculpture, for example, the image of David is portrayed by such great masters as Donatello and Verrocchio. One of the most famous interpretations of the image is a five-meter and six-ton marble statue by Michelangelo. This sculpture is striking in its power and strength, David thoughtful and tense before a fight. Other images of David are young, fragile, almost boys, and it is absolutely hard to believe that they really could slay the giant, even though the plot they depict moments after the fight - a triumphant David with the head of his opponent.
Impressions from the exterior of Michelangelo's David are different. On the one hand it is an ideal of male beauty: a young man with expressive eyes and an athletic tight muscular body addition. But on closer examination it appears that the sculptor has deliberately made the upper torso of the future king a little increased in size to the sky proportions seem proportionate. Also, a computer scan revealed hollow statue of David back as if the king is missing ribs or muscles - the creator of the sculpture admitted that he just did not have enough material.
But, nevertheless, in any educational institution of artistic direction, in an important stage of elaboration of drawing human figures, body parts, paint it is Michelangelo's David.
Many amazing facts surround the creation of the famous "Giant." The author managed to make a miracle: to carve the three years of monolithic piece of marble elegant, almost proportional figure, while correcting the mistakes of previous attempts and the vagaries of weather. In fact, besides the fact that Michelangelo was not the first sculptor who assumed the difficult order on the decoration of the cathedral church of Santa Maria del Fiore, designed for this Carrera marble lay in the open air for several years and was greatly spoiled vaults and notches.
At this time, the political changes taking place in Florence. That is why at the end of the work of David statue September 8, 1504 was not installed on the dome of the temple.
David is the king of Judah and Israel, chosen by God, whose real existence is put in doubt by historians. According to the biblical story, while he still was a shepherd in adolescence, David accepted the challenge of the Philistine giant Goliath and cut him only by throwing a stone from a sling.