Close-Ups Of Michelangelo’s David Reveal Artist’s Incredible Attention To Details

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Few sculptures are as famous as Michelangelo’s David, and if you’ve ever seen it you’ll understand why. The masterpiece of the Renaissance period was completed in 1504, when Michelangelo was just 29 years old, and today over 8 million people per year visit the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence so they can marvel at the iconic marble statue.

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David is 17ft tall (over 5 metres), weighs 12,478 lbs (5,660kg), and was carved from a huge single block of unwanted Carrara marble. He took over two years to carve and he depicts the Biblical David who took down Goliath with a well aimed slingshotted rock to the forehead. It looks magnificent enough from a distance, but if you really want to appreciate Michelangelo’s mastery then you need to take a closer look at his incredible attention to detail.

Michelangelo’s David is one of the most famous sculptures in the world

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Michelangelo started to carve it from a single block of Carrara marble in 1501, and it took him over two years to complete

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The statue is 17ft tall (over 5 metres) and weighs a whopping 12,478 lbs (5,660kg)!

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It depicts the Biblical David, who took down Goliath with a well aimed rock to the forehead

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Image credits: Miguel Hermoso Cuesta

Over 8 million people per year visit the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence so they can marvel at the iconic marble statue

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Image credits: Jörg Bittner Unna

It looks magnificent from a distance, but you need to take a closer look to appreciate Michelangelo’s incredible attention to detail

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“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all,” Michelangelo once said

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Michelangelo died in 1564, aged 88, but his statue of David will live on forever

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Image credits: Alberto Pizzoli

Here’s an idea of what David might look like in real life

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Image credits: J.Krogh

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