Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be

By: Jane Sutcliffe

Illustrator: John Shelley

For nearly forty years, an enormous block of marble “stood three times as tall as any man” in the city of Florence. “It was the color of cream. And it was a troublemaker.” Author’s note. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations done in pen and ink and watercolor.

ISBN: 9781580892957

JLG Release: Apr 2014


Sensitive Areas: Illustrations show full view of David statue
Topics: Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) , David , Marble , Statues , Florence, Italy , Art and artworks Sculptors and sculptures

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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A Renaissance icon and one of the most towering (in more ways than one) of Western civilization’s artworks gets a humorous but respectful, down-to-earth, and easy-to-understand treatment. Readers learn that the city fathers always intended to have a statue of David carved, as a symbol of the small but powerful city, but that their plan wasn&# A Renaissance icon and one of the most towering (in more ways than one) of Western civilization’s artworks gets a humorous but respectful, down-to-earth, and easy-to-understand treatment. Readers learn that the city fathers always intended to have a statue of David carved, as a symbol of the small but powerful city, but that their plan wasn’t so simple. Many earlier attempts had come to naught, with even Leonardo da Vinci passing on the idea. Fortunately for Florence—and posterity—Michelangelo was persuaded to return from Rome and began his painstaking sculpting, bringing forth his giant almost three years later, in 1504. This well-written, lively account is graced with excellent illustrations, rendered in pen-and-ink and painted with watercolors, that truly convey a Renaissance Italian flavor; there’s even an image of Michelangelo’s sketches for the statue with a poem he wrote about it. Readers should note that David’s frontal nudity is discreetly concealed for the most part, but there is one scene in which the piece is shown from the front, completely uncovered, and another illustration depicts the statue’s bare backside. A helpful author’s note and bibliography conclude the book, though the note fails to reveal that David is now housed in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, and the bibliography includes mostly outdated resources and none that seem geared to young readers. Highly recommended for all public and school libraries and especially recommended for units on the Italian Renaissance and in art classes in the middle to upper-elementary grades.—Carol Goldman, Queens Library, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9781580892957

First Release

April 2014

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

730.92

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.4; Points: 2;

Lexile

Level 610L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Charlesbridge

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Illustrations show full view of David statue

Topics

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), David, Marble, Statues, Florence, Italy, Art and artworks, Sculptors and sculptures

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