While MOA originally assisted with its acquisition and installation, this artwork is not formally owned by the museum. However, the museum believes in passing on the knowledge and history it has about this artwork in Greenwood Plaza for the education and enlightenment of all.
Artist: Giovanni Antoniazzi
Dates: b.1935, Florence, Italy
Dimensions: 4′ x 2′ 6″ x 2′ 6″
About Bust of David
This marble bust is a reproduction of Michelangelo’s David (1501-1504), Accademia, Florence, Italy. Michelangelo’s David stands in a Classical Contrapposto pose, his muscular stance in parallel to his strong emotional presence. The artist’s original intention was to place David high above viewers; Michelangelo distorted certain body parts such as the hands, head, and upper body to account for the drastic point of view. This epic large-scale nude not only displays the artist’s technical brilliance, but also his monumental stature as a Renaissance humanist. David’s stark, masculine beauty is a symbol of humanity raised to its highest potential – an actualization of the divine essence of mankind. This reproduction is a tribute to the Renaissance masterpiece, and provides a close-up perspective of David’s head, which cannot otherwise be viewed on such an intimate level.