We typically experience classic works of art in a museum, stripped of their original contexts, but that serene setting can belie a tumultuous history. Take Michelangelo’s statue of David: devised as a religious symbol, adopted as a political emblem, and later iconized for its aesthetic beauty. James Earle walks us through the statue’s journey, to show how art gains layers of meaning over time.
This is a great video to give to either a young person, someone new to the world of Italian art history, or people that are squeamish about The David’s nudity (Grow-up). It talks about context and that’s something we’re stressing here at MILANO411.com.
Lesson by James Earle, animation by Avi Ofer.
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