Michelangelo's David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture.
David, a young boy, defeated the Goliath, a giant in a momentous battles. Whilst Goliath had an Armour and a shield, David only had stones and a sling. The battle is celebrated not so much for David's power but his intellect and battle tactics.
The societal interpretation of David in Florence and in the world at large is the open defence of the civic liberties movement.
The left picture is the Real David as created by Michelangelo with a single block of marble which is commissioned at Academia. The right is the replica of that David, a bronze David, victorious standing tall on the head of Goliath.
Michelangelo chose to show David not in victory, but at that point in time that prefigured victory: in that instance between conscious choice and conscious action, that moment when an individual makes a choice and commits to act on that choice. David stands, with furrowed brow, looking over his left shoulder into the distance for Goliath. Michelangelo shows David not as a triumphant victor, but as a thinking, resolute being the preconditions for victory.More