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Why is Michelangelo's David uncircumcised?

Question:

Why is Michelangelo's David uncircumcised?

Michelangelo:

Michelangelo was a famous Italian sculptor, architect, and painter who lived during the High Renaissance. His full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. He was born in Caprese Italy in 1475. During the course of his artistic career, he created a wide range of famous works of art, including David, The Last Judgment, and the painting which dominates the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Answer and Explanation:

Michelangelo's David is circumcised, but does not have the full circumcision used in the Roman period. This is because, during David's time, male infants were only partially circumcised. When creating the statue, Michelangelo wished to present a historically accurate depiction of David, which is why he did not make the statue completely circumcised.


Learn more about this topic:

Comparing Michelangelo's and Donatello's Statue of David

from Art 101: Art of the Western World

Chapter 12 / Lesson 16
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