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The Other Side of David

Posted: September 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Italy | 6 Comments »

Waiting in the hot sun in the line outside the Academia in Florence, you begin to wonder if seeing the statue of David is really worth it. You’ve seen the pictures and you’ve studied him in class. Can seeing it really be that big of a deal?

I am here to tell you that yes, it’s that big of a deal. Walking into the museum you enter into a room with walls displaying alters and other art. You skip it because really, you’re there for one reason. Going through the door into the long hallway, you see him. Seventeen feet tall, he’s perched on his pedestal eyeing Goliath and holding the stone which would make him famous.

The sight stops you in your tracks. He is the perfect man: strong, handsome, confident but not cocky. Frankly, he’s hot. You look in the guide book, learning secrets of the statue. It tells you to look at his large hands (large, for they carry out the will of God), see damage to the left foot from when frustrated artist attacked it with a hammer in 1990, and look at the depth in his eyes.

The book instructs you to walk around the statue and appreciate the incredible detail Michelangelo put into his creation. Look at the perfect man’s rear end? This is “art appreciation” I can get into. But does it deliver? Yes. Yes it does.

When you go to Florence, go to Uffizi, go to the Duomo if you need to, but please, leave time for the other side of David.

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6 Comments on “The Other Side of David”

  1. 1 Erik Hustad said at 10:43 am on September 15th, 2010:

    I read your updates via my RSS feed, and before I clicked over to your actual site I could’ve sworn Devon wrote this update. Boy was I embarrassed!

  2. 2 Adrienne said at 3:07 pm on September 15th, 2010:

    is it wrong that this shot of his backside makes me go “hubba hubba”?

  3. 3 Jeanne said at 6:49 am on September 16th, 2010:

    Ahh. The perfect tuches.

  4. 4 DonnaAnn Ward said at 7:25 am on September 16th, 2010:

    Personally, I was surprised Mr. Angelo didn’t endow Michael a little more. Perhaps it was just really, really cold in the studio that year.

  5. 5 Stephanie said at 9:06 am on September 16th, 2010:

    You said cocky!

  6. 6 Shawna said at 10:54 am on September 16th, 2010:

    I also thought Devon wrote this…it took me until “Look at the perfect man’s rear end? This is “art appreciation” I can get into.” to figure out that it had to be Halbe. 🙂

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