The annotation in this part of the course was the statue of David by Michelangelo. There are any number of photographic images available, but it is very difficult to get a true appreciation of a sculpture from a two dimensional image.
The original statue is in Florence, but I knew that there was a copy in the Cast Court at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Going to Florence wasn’t an option (sadly) but a visit to the V&A when I was next in London was much more manageable.
So I went to see the copy in the Cast Court and I am really glad that I did. The statue is HUGE, something that you really do not appreciate from images in books or online. Descriptions refer to it being an imposing statue, but when you see it (albeit a copy) you really appreciate just what that means. Text book descriptions detail the veins on David’s hand or sinews in his arms, but it is only when you see it on the statue that you realise how important those features are in conveying a sense of anticipation and poise, ready for action. Indeed seeing the copy really brought home Michelangelo’s superb realistion of a sense of strength, concern and poise; you feel as though the statue could spring into action at any moment.
So yes I got a lot more out of seeing the copy at the V&A rather than tring to study it solely from photos.
This is my annotation of Michelangelo’s David