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Michelangelo's David

The Story

“One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must. It is only for those who would be miserable without it.” Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy, a biographical novel of Michelangelo, a man driven by his art.

Reading about the intensity and passion with which Michelangelo chiseled at his blocks of marble, freeing what was inside, made such an impression on me. I wanted to see these sculptures, so Florence was put on my bucket list. In 2010, when my son and I visited Italy with a group of friends, that dream became reality. We spent three days in Florence, which was enough to put me under her spell for life. It is a wonderful city. The Medici Chapel, and being close enough to almost touch Michelangelo's Dusk and Dawn, Night and Day sculptures, was a highlight. We also saw a replica of his David, at the Palazzo Vecchio entrance, where the original was installed in 1504, until it was moved to the Academia Gallery in 1873. After a long walk one day to the Piazzale Michelangelo, we were rewarded with beautiful panoramas of the city as well as a bronze David at the center of the square.

Bronze David at the Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence. Photo:Susan Wessels.

Bronze David at the Piazzale Michelangelo.

Replica of Michelangelo's David at the Palazzo Vecchio entrance. Photo: Susan Wessels.

David replica at the Palazzo Vecchio.

And then - but I'm sure you already know where this story is heading - I digitized David as a thread drawing. It is not possible to capture the magnificence of this great sculpture, but the embroidery, to me, is a nice reminder of a bucket list experience.

To get the greatest joy out of this design:

Stitch by stitch digitizing allows the finished product to look like a drawing in thread and keeps the stitch count comparatively low for such a large design - only 8 600 stitches in this case. It is not advisable to resize, though. David was designed for the mega hoop. Please make sure that you have a large enough hoop!

5.8" x 14.2" (150mm x 360mm)

Michelangelo's David - machine embroidery design by Zanki Designs.

Michelangelo's David
354.8mm x 137.0mm
13.97" x 5.39"
Colors: 2
Approximate stitch count: 8 600

Michelangelo's David. Embroider a piece of history!

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