Michelangelo’s David takes a sour turn in mood

Below left we have a photograph* of Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture, which is on view at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy. Below right we have a detail of a David copy which we saw in Minneapolis not too long ago. Do you see the difference in facial expressions? Michelangelo’s David has a furrowed brow, with a look of concern on his face. According to the Wikipedia page on this sculpture, it’s because Michelangelo portrayed him at the moment before his battle with Goliath, at which point he is tense with anticipation and getting ready for battle. However, in the David copy from Minneapolis, he looks pretty darn mad, and I’ll tell you why … scroll down for more.

Michelangelo David and a copy, looking at their expressions

* Photo credit for the original David photograph above left is: Jörg Bittner Unna, as noted on this page, and shared under a Creative Commons license. Photo credit for the David copy above right: Artsology.

Here’s the reason why I think this David copy has an angry expression on his face … he’s been put to work outside of an antiques store in southwest Minneapolis on 50th Street. And … he has to endure the embarrassment of standing outside with an “Open” sign around his neck … although it is strategically placed to give him a little bit of personal privacy, unlike the David in Florence.

a copy of Michelangelo's David sculpture as seen in Minneapolis

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