This post features a bunch of half-finished sculptures leading up to the masterpiece; works by Michelangelo di Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni (or as everyone knows him, ‘Michelangelo’). Known commonly as a severely depressed individual, Michelangelo lived a constant internal struggle, living as both a devout Catholic and a raging homosexual; in his era being both, especially openly, was unheard of and quite plainly blasphemous. Artwork was also heavily governed; more of a trade than a form of self expression. Therefore, the half-finished sculptures leading up to his famed “David” were abandoned projects, mostly due to lack of funding and abandonment by the commissioner. David, however, is a fully finished and furnished, 15-foot-tall rendition of the slayer of Goliath. It took even more time to finish polishing David than it did to sculpt him. The Renaissance is a fascinating shifting point in art history, as it buds a freedom of expression never really seen before in art. Both obsessed and knowledgeable about the human (especially the male) form, Michelangelo expressed his views and ideals through his art, most easily displayed in David. I do admit, save for the shrimp dick, he’s got a sweet bod. I’m sure the image of David was inspiration from Michelangelo’s wet dreams. Moreover, unlike other renditions of David (and Goliath) leading up to this point, we see an expressive side of David (and an utter lack of Goliath) not seen previously. The gaze in his eyes, for example, are so human, it’s as if you can read his thoughts in the moments right before he slays the menacing giant from the ageless story. Captivated forever in a moment of time, as if on constant pause, for people of the generations to come to circumambulate. So much of the art I’ve seen on this trip, people would die and kill to even catch a glimpse of once in their lives. As an art history geek, I feel extremely grateful to have gotten to see what might be Michelangelo’s most famous work of art.