Faith: Who Threw the Stone?

| October 2008

In the Academia Gallery in Florence Italy stands Michelangelo's statue of David. If you have seen it, or pictures of it, you know it depicts David with his sling, shortly before taking on Goliath. It is truly an awesome sight.

My wife and I recently returned from a wonderful trip to the Tuscany area of Italy which included some time in the beautiful city of Florence. When we visited the city back in 2001, our local city tour guide was a lady named Francesca. And this time, once again, to our delight, our guide was Francesca.

I have been told that there is no one who explains the statue of David better than Francesca. She's been doing it for quite awhile now. She is in her eighties. She is very knowledgeable. She is also very passionate and outspoken. She was flattered that we remembered her.

And as our group stood there in the Academia Gallery, gazing at this 17 foot masterpiece, Francesca pointed out many, many details. But what I found to be most interesting was her interpretation what Michelangelo was trying to convey in this sculpture.

She told us that the artist was doing something different than what the other artists of his time were portraying. Michelangelo was not showing David victorious, but rather showing him before the encounter.

She pointed out that David showed a little apprehension, but that he was focused and determined. She had us take note of his neck and the blood in his vein.

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