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Running head: ART AND INTENTION 1 Art and Intention Tanita D. Wright ART/101 February 3, 2012 Jayme Yahr
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ART AND INTENTION 2 Art and Intention Summarize the reaction of the public to Michelangelo’s David and Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase. What did contemporary viewers find objectionable about each work? When Michelangelo’s David was first displayed in Florence, Italy in 1504 (A World of Art) it did not meet with universal approval. This sculpture had stones thrown at it from supporters of the Medici (A World of Art), and another group invented a skirt made out of copper leaves to cover the genitals from the community. As the years went on the statue is a revered public shrine. The people came to realize what a sculptural triumph the statue was. It represented David’s triumph over the tyrant Goliath and was meant to symbolize Republican Florence- the city’s freedom from foreign and papal domination (A World of Art). Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase had almost the same reaction from the
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