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David

sculpture by Michelangelo at the age of 26

made out of marble

currently at Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence in Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

1501

August 16

on Friday

p12 1501, die XVJ augusti,

Spectabiles . . . virim, the Consuls of the Arte della Lana and the Lords Overseers (of the Cathedral) being met together in joint assembly within the hall of the said Overseers, have chosen as sculptor to the said Cathedral the worthy master, Michelangelo, the son of Lodovico Buonarroti, a citizen of Florence, to the end that he may make, finish and bring to perfection the male figure known as the Giant, nine braccia in height, already blocked out in marble by Maestro Agostino grande of Florence, and badly blocked ; and now stored in the workshops of the Cathedral.

p13 The work shall be completed within the period and term of two years next ensuing, beginning from the first day of September next ensuing, with a salary and payment of six broad florins of gold in gold for every month. And for all other works that shall be required about the said building (edificum) the said Overseers bind themselves to supply and provide both men and scaffolding from their Office and all else that may be necessary. When the said work and the said male figure of marble shall be finished, then the Consuls and Overseers who shall at that time be in authority shall judge whether it merits a higher reward, being guided therein by the dictates of their own consciences.

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1504

2 years, 4 months, 18 days later

Michelangelo's colossal David is set up in front of the Palazzo della Signoria.

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1504

Botticelli is invited to join the committee appointed to decide where Michelangelo's David will be placed.

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Botticelli (1445-1510), aged 59: painter; man; goldsmith

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