Florence is dominated by the strength and the stateliness of build of David. This city took this man as the symbol of its political strength. Indeed David is the biblical young man that defeats the slain Goliath, so he is a winner like Florence was during the Renaissance.
A lot of artists made works that represents the story of David and in Florence you can see the most famous David made sculpted by Michelangelo. In the city there are two perfect modern duplicates of this work: one is in Piazza della Signoria, in front of the main entrance of Palazzo Vecchio, and the other is in Piazzale Michelangelo. The original David of Michelangelo is conserved in the Academy Gallery of Florence.
Michelangelo worked to this marble statue from 1501 to 1504 and he represented David in the moment after the decision to fight Goliath. When you will enter in the hall where is this work you will see 17 ft of absolute beauty, perfection and pride: the man that every woman dreams!!!! If you get near the sculpture you note that David has two very big hands. The artist wants to underline the important of the hands like instrument of the reason: indeed David has in the hands the arm through he is going to kill Goliath.
However in Florence there isn’t only the Michelangelo’s David but also that of Donatello. This is conserved in the Bargello National Museum of Florence. This sculpture represents the Italian version of American Oscar: indeed the most aspired award of the Italian cinema is called “David di Donatello” and it is a little version of the Donatello’s work. This artist worked on this bronze during the 1440. Donatello represents David like a boy dressed as Mars, the god of war. The artist chooses to represent the moment after the killing of Goliath: indeed under the feet of David there is the head of the slain. The statue recently underwent restoration in 2008.
The figure of David from symbol of Florence is become symbol of Italy and this underline the importance of this city in the Italian and European history. It was been a producer of model from the 1300 to 1600 or over and a cradle for a lot of artist, the place where modern art was born.