“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.
David replica at the Palazzo Vecchio.