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 1, 2004 |
Ask contemporary artists to pay homage to Michelangelo's David and you get some surprises: A sculpture of a severed foot. A maze of metal sheets. A video of David turning into a black woman and a middle-aged man. The Florence gallery that holds the Renaissance statue says it wanted to take some risks as it celebrated the 500th birthday of an icon that has been gazed upon and gushed over for centuries.
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.