This famous statue was commissioned in 1501 by the new republican government of Florence. Michelangelo was twenty six when he accepted the commission, rejected by other artists who considered the block of marble too narrow. It was intended to represent civic independence and resistance to tyranny. The young shepherd is sown tensed in anticipation, yet certain of victory over Goliath, whom he has not yet seen. Michelangelo sculpted him nude as a representation of the perfection of youthful physical perfection.
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