Trivia Crack Answer: Michelangelo
About the European sculptor of David
The European sculptor who created the statue “David” was Michelangelo. After lying neglected in a courtyard for several decades, the giant block of marble that would become Michelangelo’s “David” was shown to a number of prominent Renaissance artists in order to commission its completion. Michelangelo, then only 26 years old, won the commission, and began his 3-year work on the statue of David, which ended up being 14 feet tall. The sheer size of the sculpture impressed many viewers, and the statue was originally placed outside the Palazzo della Signoria. In the sculpture, David is portrayed in a contrapposto stance, which is characteristic of Greek sculpture and Renaissance concern with accurately portraying the human form. Other details include beautifully sculpted muscles, and even a vein bulging on David’s right arm. Michelangelo’s statue of David is also noteworthy because it does not include the giant of the Biblical tale, Goliath. In the original tale, David challenges the gargantuan Goliath to a heroic duel, and wins by killing him with his slingshot. The story of David and Goliath would later become an iconic tale of bravery and victory in the face of overwhelming odds, and depictions of David were especially popular in Michelangelo’s city-state of Florence, which resisted multiple attempts to be conquered or absorbed by its neighboring states.