Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be.pdf
Jane Sutcliffe is the author of Leonardo’s Monster (Pelican, 2010) and The Attack on Pearl Harbor (Capstone, 2006), as well as nearly two dozen biographies in the History Maker Bios series and the On My Own Biography series from Lerner. She lives in Tolland, Connecticut.
There was a giant in the city of Florence. It had been there for nearly forty years. And no one knew what to do about it. The giant was an enormous block of stone--marble, to be exact. It stood three times as tall as any man in the city. It was the color of cream. And it was a troublemaker.
No one wanted the "giant." The hulking block of marble lay in the work yard, rained on, hacked at, and abandoned—until a young Michelangelo saw his David in it. This is the story of how a neglected, discarded stone became a masterpiece for all time. It is also a story about art—about an artist’s vision and process, and about the ways in which we humans see ourselves reflected in art.