Primary Creator
Sculptor Michelangelo Buonarotti
Height162 inches
Name of WorkDavid
Production Date1504
Production LocationFlorence, Italy
Current LocationFlorence, Italy
General Notes

Reported that this was a flawed stone, and that the artist managed to work around the flaw and create the composition in that context.


A larger-than life figure of a nude, mature, but youngish man. He is standing with a slightly wide stance looking off to his side at some unknown person or event, and is holding something up to his shoulder with his left hand. His right hand is falling on his side, and has something small in its grip. The body is perfectly formed manhood.


[requires assumption of some context of this work -- not a "cold" introduction to it]: A man able to face a daunting task, with tremulous calm and determination. This is the depiction of the David/Goliath story of the Bible in which David takes on the much more formidable Goliath and wins.

Emotional Sum or Sense-of-life

Man is a strong, indomitable creature who has the intelligence to overcome terrible odds.

Context Information

Not integrated into any specific site, or building or environment. Whether intended or not, this adds to the character of the work as "standing alone and strong against all odds".