Intro - 03:01 "David" Italian (Michelangelo)...

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03:01 “David” Italian (Michelangelo) Renaissance 1501 Triumph, genius, victory Artists broke from a society focused on God to the here and the now, the ability of  individual humans to change things Also a work of art Florence, Italy People now “worshiping” at the feet of Michelangelo Individual artistic genius “David” was initially meant to be positioned in a church (Florence Cathedral) purpose: not for his glory but to add glory to religion/add to the worship of God he’s nude! Doesn’t immediately remind you of Christianity Society was changing Religious art Stones were thrown at it, people were upset, didn’t want it to go on the cathedral Next purpose: go in front of the city hall of Florence Symbol of civic pride Metaphor for the city of Florence, its ability to overthrow tyrants/overcome its enemies Small city, no duke/king Democratic citizen rule
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Medici dissolved the government and took over Florence Removed the “David” because it was a powerful political symbol Michelangelo had to go into hiding Theme: our own expectations are different from what the work originally meant to the  sculptor Theme: a work of art is not only about what the work meant to him; it depends on  society, the people looking at it Different meanings Cathedral: decorative scheme appropriate for church Florence: ability to overcome enemies Medici: symbol of republic, affront to their power
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