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Rubens drawing of Michelangelo's Lost Hercules This drawing may be a drawing of the clay Model for Hercules and not the actual statue. Tintoretto, Rubens, El Greco also did drawings based on Michelangelo's clay models. Their drawings were done from the models and not the statues..becuause what they drew was on the models and not in the stautes. For exmaple Tinotretto's drawing of Michelangelo's Day's back show it completed as in the model. On the Day statue the back is not completed it is rough stone.




Rubens drawing of Michelangelo's Lost Hercules - reversed image
     




Wax Model at Michelangelo's house in Italy



Wax Model.. reveresed
     




Another Wax Model at Michelangelo's House in Italy.
     




M's First scketch for David...Donatello's Bronze David
Bronze statuete after early model by Michelangelo around 1502. This statuete is in the Louvre in Paris, France. Michelangelo based this model on Donatello's earlier Bronze David






David...rear
Model Height: Torso 31.5 cm or 12.40       Estimated Full Model 51.5cm or 20.2 in

The stuco has alabaster in it so the model looks "alive" than if it were just plaster. The model shows fire damage and evidence that it was buried in the earth.

This model was passed off as being the model was given to Cosmo I by Michelangelo himself. The model remained there in Cosmo III house till there was a fire in the area where the model wass kept on Dec 17, 1690. After the fire the model dispappered.

As part of the scam owners asked Frederick Hartt to give his opinion as to the authenticity of the model. Hartt worte a book called "David, by the Hand of Michelangelo" in 1987. The model was given tests to determine if it was a fake. The tests were inconclusive.

The model was reportedly bought at a street fair in Greece in 1982, although even this is questionable. The model may be real thing. If it is it does look similar to the wax model at Michelangelo's house.

Click here to read the scam on this model

According to Hartt's book, the plaster model shows signs of being cast from a wax model. So...this plaster model may have been cast from the wax model thats in Michelangelo's House The detail on the pubic hair would match up then it would prove it...only if a if a clear photo of the wax model was available). If they are the same than the wax model in Michelangelo's house is the wax model that was used to create the "David". Since the plaster was given to Cosmo I by Michelangelo.





Rapael Drawing after lost Model. Or, Michelangelo could have changed the soft wax model's Left arm to a new position






Assembling the computer made wax model


This 2004 15 inch computer made wax model was made by Gentle Giant Studios of Los Angeles using a 1.25-million polygon computer model generated by the Stanford Digital Michelangelo Project

A stone carver in Pietrasanta (a famous center of marble quarrying) warned them that, when you make a reduced-scale replica of a statue, you must soften its features; otherwise, it appears precious and cartoony. But being scientists from Stanford they ignroed the stone carvers advise when making the small model. IMHO, the Standford model looks too cartoony.



Also David's Loins where covered by a brass garland composed of 28 copper leaves, which where hung on the statue in 1504 before it was shown to the public. The garland remained on the statue for the first half of the 16th century. The hanging of the garland would have made it difficult to make a copy of the statue.




Rapael Drawing after Real Statue






Bronze Model Louvre, Paris






Anonymous study, after the statue, early 16th century, bronze plaque 5 3/16 x 3 1/8 in Private COllection, USA







Michelangelo's David




Side View of David from digital model



Is David's right hand holding a secret weapon?



David as Michelangelo intended for it to be seen


IMHO, One of the reasons, the David turned out so good is because: This was the second attempt and the second time is always better than the first.

He also was a more experience sculptor now He was only 17 when he made the Herucles. And he also had just fininshed making the Pieta at 21.

His Hercules which is very similar to David. All he did was reverse the Herucles statue. And change arms and legs etc to fit the new stone. Michelangelo was a master at piecing and reverse images and sculpting on the fly from his models. Wheras most other sculptures look like they WERE pieced to together.

The wax model Michelangelo used for David no longer exists. It is reocrded to have been given by Michelangelo to Duke of Cosimo, It remainedin Cosimo's palace for many years thereafter. In 1690, during the time of Duke Cosimo III, there was a fire in the palace. Tthe fire destroyed 27 rooms in the palace. After the the blaze the statue became lost as it was no logner recorded in the palace inventoreis. Recently,a painting that where thought to have be lost in that fire have surfaced. So the Model could turn up.

According to Vasari, Michelangelo's friend and biographer, the David was made from a small model.



  • Keeping David out of harm's way

  • View a short movie of people's expressions, from all over the world, that came to see the David.

  • Why Dirty David needs a wash - or at least a dry clean

  • Restorer's find David's ankle is cracking up

    David damage over time...
    
    
  • 1512 Lightning damages base of the David statue
  • 1527 Rioters snap off the left arm. The pieces are kept and a new arm is made
  • 1813 Broken finger is fixed on right hand. Wax coating applied to statue
  • 1843 Broken toe restored and statue given what is later described as a "barbaric" cleaning, using hydrochloric acid
  • 1991 An angry Italian artist attacks one of David's toes with a hammer
  • 2005 David cleaned with air and brush ...no water