“I just took out of the marble stone everything that wasn’t David!”
This was the response of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or just Michelangelo (1475-1564) to Leonardo da Vinci, in 1503, after being asked about the perfection of the most famous sculpture in the world.
Abandoned for nearly four decades at the back of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, was an enormous block of white marble, weighing more than five tons. After years of cutting the stone, several artists gave up the work, but the young 26-year-old Michelangelo, in just two years, would transform the block into the 5.17-meter-tall statue, which is now on display at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, Italy.
Just like when we fell in love, Michelangelo changed completely when it came to sculpture. He was absolutely hallucinated with his productions when he started work, to the point of almost not sleeping, not changing clothes, and rarely eating. His passion was marble sculpture.
The artist went directly to the white marble quarries of Carrara. to choose the blocks in which he would sculpt his most famous works of art, such as the Pietá, which is located in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. In 1517, for example, he climbed Monte Alto, in Tuscany, to explore the white marble that was there.
The apparently static figure acquires full movement, one of the hallmarks of the Renaissance master’s style. Furthermore, the expressions of the figures reflect their feelings.
Strength. Beauty. Resistance. Love. Passion. Exclusivity. Imposing.
All these words describe Michelangelo’s century-old sculptures.
And also the hard marble, Michelangelo Prime, by Zucchi.
For over 500 years the world has been enchanted by the works of the Italian artist. There is no doubt that the marble that bears his name is the perfect choice for your project to echo in eternity.