Sight / David

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“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”


As my eyes set on the imposing David, I was drawn to the seemingly flawless complexion. A perfect creation formed from perfect material can be commendable. But what about an ideal corporeal quality resurrected from an imperfect medium? Its “taroli,” or imperfections, in the finely-grained marble exhibit inferiority and proved difficult to work with. However, Michelangelo embraced the neglected marble of poor caliber. Originally carrying the weight of religion, David became a symbol of Florence’s beauty and foreshadowed the flourishing city amidst the political unrest of the early 16th century.

After the pope asked how he sculpted David, Michelangelo answered, “It’s simple. I just remove everything that is not David.”

How might you embrace imperfection to usher yourself towards freedom, as Michelangelo liberated David from his stone walls? I hope embracing imperfection leads you to liberty.


July 2018Liz Neilson