David’’ by Michelangelo | Popular Sculptures That Are Shrouded With Mystery


The perfect David made of corrupt marble

Statues have always been a huge part of the world’s culture. Some pieces have achieved great popularity that they’ve become icons in their own right. Consider the Statue of Liberty (New York), Christ the Redeemer ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Great Sphinx (Gaza, Egypt) and many others. They’re become more than pieces of art but cultural landmarks that generations have appreciated and treasured throughout the years.

Not all sculptures, however, are what they appear to be. Some have entirely deep stories that explain their mysterious appearance such as in this list we got from Brightside. In this series, we are going to share some of these famous statues. In this article we are going to talk about “David” by Michelangelo Buonarotti . It was created between 1501-1504 and located in Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, Italy.

Although David has been considered the ideal of male beauty, it is in fact not so perfect after all — he is actually cross-eyed. This discovery was made by scanning the statue with laser technology. The statue’s defect is almost invisible, as it is standing on a tall pedestal. Experts think that Michelangelo made this imperfection on purpose so that David looked impeccable on both sides.

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David’’ by Michelangelo | Popular Sculptures That Are Shrouded With Mystery

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