Statue of David

The Statue of David

The Statue of David is a 17 feet tall marble statue, standing in Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy. Orginally made by renaissance artist Michelangelo as a part of statues to the Florence Cathedral between 1501 and 1504, the statue is now known as one of the finest piece of renaissance art ever made. When it was completed, the six ton statue was deemed to heavy for the cathedral, and a group of artist, including the famous Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Boticelli began looking for places to put it. The artists desided to place the staue in front of the Palazzo della Signoria, Florences city hall. The statue was standing in front of the Palazzo until 1873, when it was moved to the Accademia Gallery for better protection. It has remained there ever since. The statue represents the biblical hero David, holding the rock in his hand that will fell the giant Goliath. As the city state of Florence was treathened by all sides by enemies such as Rome, Pisa and the Medici family, the statue became a symbol of hope and freedom. It still rests in the was halls of the Accademia, but marble may not be as tough as it seems.

500 Years after People: The Statue of David is in peril. Normally, marble is known as one of the toughest materials used in the classical and renaissance eras, but when a man damaged the foot of the statue with a hammer in 1991, the scientist got a shock. When they repaired the statue, they discovered thousands of microscopic holes, causing the marble of David to deteriate much faster than normal marble. It was restored between 2003 to 2004, but almost 500 years has passed since then, and David is becoming fragile. The marble is not the only trouble for David. The dome above him, as a part of the Accademia Gallery, has endured for 500 years. The dome begins to crack at the bottom, and caves in. The weakened statue of David is chanceless, and is crushed to pieces under the roof.

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