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This is Michaelangelo's David at the Accadamia in Florence. It was carved from one solid block of marble 14 feet high, and it took him 3 years to complete. He had just finished the Pieta in Rome when he started this project. It's the most amazing piece of sculpture in the world. On the right and left, you can see the Prisoner series. According to my dad, these statues were never meant to be unfinished. Michaelangelo was in his 90's at the time, and he would get out of his deathbed every few hours to work on them. He used a block of marble that was already started and would work around it. The block of marble that he used to carve the David originally had a chunk carved out of the right side of it, so Michaelangelo had to carve David with his weight shifted to the right leg. You can see this in the photo above.

This is a close-up of one of the sculptures in the Prisoner series.

Naomi hanging out with the David. The marble looks so soft and flexible, like the statue can just step down off the pedestal. Naomi is bitter because Jeff takes too long to take a photo.

Another couple of views of the statue, above and below. The David, in case you didn't know, refers to David and Goliath. David slew Goliath with just a sling and a rock. The sling is in his left hand and the rock is in his right.