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"Permutations of the David: Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo"

Michelangelo's David, the most recognizable statue in the world, can be viewed at the Accademia Gallery of Florence.  It represents for most viewers a Renaissance aesthetic ideal of human perfection. But the David's aesthetic values have political implications, implications that we will try to tease out by comparing Michelangelo's statue to earlier versions of the Biblical hero by his Florentine predecessors Donatello and Verrocchio. In each case, the statue can be seen as participating symbolically in an ideological struggle over the city-state's republican soul.

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