Michelangelo’s David is at the top of everyone’s must-see list for Florence. And rightly so. It is hard to argue that David is not one of the greatest works of art ever created. The Renaissance began in Florence in the 14th century. At over 17 feet tall, David originally symbolized the Republic of Florence, glaring eyes directed toward Rome, arm poised to strike the giant. Later, the colossal figure came to represent the Renaissance itself, the energy of new thinking from the period, and the rebirth of the power of man after the darkness of the Middle Ages.
Michelangelo carved David between 1501 and 1504 from white Carrara marble. The marble glows, the figure seems alive. David is masterfully displayed at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence.