January 4, 2005 |
Custodians of Michelangelo's "David" are thinking of blasting air at dusty, sweaty tourists to stop them from sullying the Renaissance sex symbol. Months after a painstaking and costly cleanup of the 500-year-old nude statue, experts at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, Italy found dust and humidity brought in by streams of tourists had begun to tarnish their top crowd-puller again.
March 10, 2004 |
He's not in bad shape considering he celebrates his 500th birthday this year, but Michelangelo's "David" is suffering from weak ankles. A team of art restorers, halfway through giving the white marble statue his first bath in more than a century, say they want to give David a scan to assess the damage. "The ankles are one of the most fragile parts of the sculpture; they are full of cracks," said Cinzia Parnigoni, the restorer in charge of the cleanup at Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia.
October 28, 2005 |
To tourists in Florence, Italy, Michelangelo's marble sculpture of the lad who slew Goliath is a must-see attraction at the Galleria dell'Accademia. More than a million people visit it every year. To art historians, "David" is a seminal masterpiece -- the first of Michelangelo's surviving depictions of heroic male nudes that encapsulate physical power in breathtakingly beautiful form.
June 6, 2003 |
The left hand, forearm and wrist were fractured in a riot and a toe was angrily smashed with a hammer. The chest looks as if grimy sweat hasn't been cleaned away in more than a century. Still, the imposing physique attracts 1.2 million admirers each year, and woe to anyone who messes with Michelangelo's masterpiece, David, which stands aloofly on a pedestal in the Accademia Gallery in the heart of this Renaissance city.
December 29, 2000 |
The painting of Mao Tse-tung as a Renaissance saint was too risky for the Shanghai 2000 Biennial. The photo of a man eating a dead baby was too disturbing. The works, rejected by the Shanghai Art Museum's official contemporary art show, went on display at private galleries. That's when police raided a gallery and seized the exhibits. The two-month Biennial, with 67 artists from 15 countries, is China's bid to join the club of biannual art extravaganzas led by Venice and New York City.
October 28, 1988 |
If there be great social and political import in David Anderson's sculpture, it is largely frightened off by its coarse, Gargantuan structure. The L.A. artist brings a junk sculptor's vision to the making of oversize grotesques on Oriental themes. "Paris/Peking" is a green patinated copper pagoda rising on a schematized Chinese table until the whole rises some 9 feet. "Opium" is an equally overscaled model of a traditional Chinese vessel sprouting a bouquet of iron flowers and chains.