DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 8, 2020) – In Issue 66 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps we take a look at the symbolism of the statue of David

Michelangelo’s “David” on Display in St. Augustine, FL (Replica) (Photo Chuck Gibson)

Giant, Giant Killer!

During the Renaissance period Italy and the rest of Europe transformed from the Dark Ages to Modernity.  This period of cultural movement is also characterized by social changes with increased freedoms. 

The epicenter of the Renaissance was Florence and in turn, Michelangelo was one of its leading artists.

Michelangelo’s famous statue of David was unveiled in Florence in 1504 on this day.

There is plenty of symbolism in this masterpiece.  The imposing 17 feet tall statue of the giant killer is believed to symbolize the defense of civil liberties of the Florentine city-state.  His eyes are fixated toward the powers residing in Rome.   

This is map of Northern Italy by the British cartographer Teesdale from 1831 of northern Italy.

Map of Northern Italy by the British cartographer Teesdale from 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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