The Many Meanings of Michelangelo's Statue of David

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Invite your learners to consider how the context of an artwork can alter its meaning and interpretation throughout its history by examining the intriguing history behind Michelangelo's statue of David. The video discusses how the statue's placement shifted its meaning from a religious symbol to a more political significance, as well as references the particular artistic highlights of the statue itself.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the influence of religious beliefs on art of the Renaissance period, as well as the connection between religious and political organizations of this time period
  • Prompt learners to consider the context of some modern day art and research installments that were placed for a particular purpose
Pros

  • References some historical points, such as the influence of the Medici family in Florence
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