giffing this was like a religious experience

Michelangelo’s David was, like, real easy to make.

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We typically experience classic works of art in a museum, stripped of their original contexts, but that serene setting can belie a tumultuous history. Take Michelangelo’s statue of David: devised as a religious symbol, adopted as a political emblem, and later iconized for its aesthetic beauty. James Earle walks us through the statue’s journey, to show how art gains layers of meaning over time in the TED-Ed Lesson The many meanings of Michelangelo’s Statue of David

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