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Where Were You in 1504?

On September 8, 2014, I was in the car listening to NPR, and the program transitioned to Garrison Keillor.  His voice is lulling to me, so I do not often listen. especially not when driving (safety first).  But I did hear the list of notable events and birthdays that happened on this day.

On this date in 1504, if you were lucky you were in Florence, Italy. Today is the anniversary of the unveiling of Michelangelo’s David.

Michelangelo was twenty-six when he began the commission. 26! He was the third sculptor to work with this piece of Carrara marble.  I’ve visited the historic and beautiful jewel that is Florence.  And today Prairie Home Companion reminded me about ‘meeting’ David. At the museum, I politely meandered into listening range during a tour that had stopped at the masterpiece.  (Which may be a Rick Steves tip . . . ) Different than the books I had read, and the audio-guide I was juggling, the guide shared details about the statue.

Florence Museum Logo

Almost seventeen feet tall, and weighing in at six tons, most can picture the iconic image of David. Truly incredible detail. But not quite everything can be seen when gazing at the statue.

Firenze postcard detail

While I do enjoy the many, many options (aprons, boxers, puzzles, etc.) in the museum store to commemorate a trip to the Galleria dell’ Accademia, I choose a postcard with the unique detail mentioned in the tour. (No, not what you’re thinking.)

Michelangelo's David, Eye DetailHearts.

This enormous, perfectly, intricately carved statue, and the pupils are hearts.

Happy 510th Birthday David.  And thanks Mr. Keillor.

If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn’t call it genius. ”

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

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