Ok, so I posted about US/European art appreciation in a Lounge style and
That got me to wondering about Michaelangelo's David and why it is so highly regarded.
The thing is that there is another renaissance statue of David and it has everything going for it; allow me to introduce -
Gian Lorenzo Bernini 16231624
In the Late Middle Ages (13401400) Europe experienced the most deadly disease outbreak in history when the Black Death, the infamous pandemic of bubonic plague, hit in 1347, killing a third of the human population.
1402 The English Bedlam institution, a former monastery whose named derived from Bethlehem, began to house the poor and incurably mad.
1412 Jan 6, According to tradition, French heroine Joan of Arc was born Jeanette d'Arc, in the French village of Domrémy. When she was 12 years old, she began hearing what she believed were voices of saints, sending her messages from God. When she was 17, the voices told her to leave her village and save Orléans. Joan convinced the dauphin that she could lead French troops in resistance against their English invaders, and she was given a force of several hundred men to command, whom she led to victory at Orléans in 1429.
1500 Jan 26, Spanish explorer Vicente Yanez Pinzon reached the northeastern coast of Brazil during a voyage under his command. Pinzon had commanded the Nina during Christopher Columbus's first expedition to the New World.
1500 Aug 10, Diego Diaz discovered Madagascar.
1500 Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch humanist scholar, published his "Adagia."
1500s Europe began to restrict the practice of medicine to qualified doctors.
1501 Jul 27, Copernicus was formally installed as canon of Frauenberg Cathedral.
1600 Feb 8, Vatican sentenced scholar Giordano Bruno to death.
1602 Mar 20, The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) was chartered to carry on trade in the East Indies. The VOC traded to 1798 whereupon its possessions were dissolved into the Dutch empire.
1608 May 19, The Protestant states formed the Evangelical Union of Lutherans and Calvinists under the direction of the elector of Brandenburg.
1633 Feb 13, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.
I prefer this one too - the face, the expression, the body in motion; I find it the most pleasing. This is the David I'd want in my corner (and maybe somewhere else, teehee).
But he's not completely nude. Maybe that's why it wasn't popular at the time??
I think you may be right - check out the three graces in my other post.
But since Jews make such a big deal of circumcision, it is strange.