|Fifth Centennial of Michelangelo’s David
September 9, 2004
Michelangelo / David
FLORENCE, ITALY. - The city of Florence is celebrating the fifth centennial of
Michelangelo’s David. Exactly five centuries ago this work of art as unveiled.
The city of Florence is hosting a series of activities to celebrate this. There
ill be dance and musical performances and public debates about the depiction of
David. The first event takes place today, Wednesday, at Palazzo Vecchio. Actress
Lucia Poli will read the 16th-century chronicles by Giorgio Vasari and Luca
Landucci, the two well-known Florence artists who witnessed the unveiling of the
statue before Florence’s citizenry on Sept. 8, 1504.
Besides concerts and workshops, the highlight of the celebrations will be an
exhibition of contemporary art on Nov. 29, when sculptors George Baselitz of
Germany, Luciano Fabro of Italy, Jannis Kounellis of Greece, Robert Morris of
the United States and German photographer Thomas Struth will present their works
inspired by David.
Their works will be exhibited in the Accademia gallery, the venue where the
marble homage to male beauty has been on view since 1873, drawing 1.2 million
visitors a year.