A. Victor Coonin is James F. Ruffin Chair of Art at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Oberlin and Syracuse Universities, and received his PhD at Rutgers University in 1995 with a dissertation on the sculptor Desiderio da Settignano. In June 2014, The Florentine Press published his book From Marble to Flesh. The Biography of Michelangelo’s David, which was cited in the New York Times Magazine as the “definitive recent history” of the statue and was also the subject of the Final Jeopardy question on May 16, 2017.
Michelangelo’s David is the world’s most famous statue. It continues to inspire and have significance five centuries after it was first installed in piazza della Signoria. The marble that was to become the David was obtained at the end of 1464 from the mountains lining the western coast of Italy, just above Carrara. In the […]