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Interactive 3D modelThe disputes between Savonarola and the Borgia family, especially with Pope Alexander VI, would eventually cost the Florentine religious his life. On May 13, 1497 Alexander VI excommunicated Savonarola; the pope’s followers entered Florence and imprisoned him and several of his followers. The strongest accusations he faced were his disobedience, and contempt for the precept, and pontifical censures with which he had been commanded to abstain from preaching; another, having ardently requested that the king of France Charles VIII enter Italy with his army to subjugate its provinces under the pretext of reforming the Court of Rome, and the customs of the Ecclesiastics. On May 8, 1498 Savonarola signed his confession, and on the 23rd of the same month he was executed at the stake along with two other followers in the Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine power.
There is an inconsistency: the David is apparently uncircumcised despite being Jewish, which would contradict Jewish law. This apparent inconsistency has been justified by some critics and historians because of the vision that Renaissance art had of the human being, less tied to religion and more to the values of beauty.
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On the Florentine Via Ricasoli – which connects Piazza del Duomo to St. Mark’s Square – is the Accademia Gallery, universally famous for housing the most extraordinary sculpture of all time: Michelangelo’s David.
This formidable work is, in fact, the jewel of the museum, and also one of the main attractions of the city of Florence: millions of travelers visit every year the cradle of the Renaissance dreaming of the possibility of coming face to face with the famous «Giant», which fascinates both for the history of its production and for the legendary genius of its author, of whom the Accademia also exhibits other outstanding statues.
The origin of the Accademia Gallery dates back to 1339, when painters, sculptors and architects living in Florence formed the Confraternity of St. Luke. This guild gained importance as the capital of Tuscany became a major artistic center, which led Cosimo de’ Medici to found in 1562, based on a project by Giorgio Vasari, the Accademia delle Arti e del Disegno, dedicated to the teaching and practice of the fine arts.
The marble block had been in Florence since the middle of the 15th century. It was owned by the Arte della Lana (the weavers’ guild) and was intended for a sculpture for the cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori. It was to represent a prophet, although the work was known (even long after it became the David) as «the giant». The marble was abandoned after a failed attempt to shape it.
In 1330 a David first appeared in the city’s art, in a fresco in the Baroncelli Chapel, in the Santa Croce. In 1416, a statue by Donatello in the Palazzo Vecchio officially established David as a Florentine symbol.
Michelangelo began work on September 13, 1501. In May 1504 the work was finished. The process took place in the utmost secrecy: only one day, June 23, 1503, he let the public see his work. Experts believe that no one posed for the work.
David, politicizedIn January 1504 a board of 32 artists and illustrious citizens (including Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli) was formed and agreed that the David should be erected in the Piazza della Signoria. A crucial question was not left to chance: where should the David’s menacing gaze be directed? If it stood on the portico of the Loggia dei Lanzi, its eyes would point toward Pisa, a city that had belonged to Florence and was to be reconquered. If he stood before the gates of the Palazzo Vecchio, the object of his gaze would be Rome, where Pope Alexander VI had given shelter to the expelled Medici. Either option had a valid political meaning for the time, but in the end the second option was chosen.
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The David is one of the most famous sculptures in the world, as well as being one of the most representative works of the Renaissance. The sculpture, which represents King David before his confrontation with Goliath, measures 4.10 meters and weighs 5.5 tons. Carved in Carrara marble, it was made between 1501 and 1504. Today it is one of the main attractions of Florence. Its history is full of anecdotes and curiosities.
The sculpture was part of a larger project, which foresaw the elaboration of 12 figures representing characters from the Old Testament, which were to be placed on the exterior of the cathedral Santa Maria delle Fiori.
Initially the sculpture was placed in the Piazza della Signoria facing Rome. However, that decision caused some controversy. It did not please that the David was addressed to Pope Alexander VI, who had given shelter to the Medici, previously expelled from the city by the government of Florence.