At the age of 29, Michelangelo completed what would become one of the most famous artworks of all time, David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture that stands 17 ft (5.16 m) tall, weighs 12,478 lbs (5,660 kg), and was carved from a single block of Carrara marble.
The sculpture was created between 1501 and 1504 and depicts the Biblical hero David (who fell Goliath). Today, it is located at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence and is visited by more than 8 million people annually.
This never-ending throng makes it difficult to enjoy the work in person as tourists clamour for photos and struggle to get close enough to truly appreciate the stunning detail.
Below you will find close-ups of Michelangelo’s incredible sculpture. Feel free to click any photo to see it in an even higher resolution!