David is the title of a bronze statue made by the 14th-century Italian sculptor Donatello. Born in Florence, Italy, in 1386, he was an early Renaissance artist who examined human emotion and expression. No document on the order and creation of the statue remains, so its production date is estimated to be between 1420 and 1460. What is for certain is that the statue was made in the courtyard of the old Medici Palace in Florence in 1469. But the Medici family was expelled from the city in 1494, and the statue was moved to Palazzo della Signoria, then to Pitti Palace in the 17th century, the Uffizi gallery in 1777, and finally the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, its present home, in 1865.
The Mona Lisa is perhaps the world’s most famous painting. Its creator, Leonardo da Vinci, was a genius who became the face of both the Renaissance and Italy. Work on this masterpiece is believed to have been done between 1503 and 1506, though some say da Vinci was working on it as late as 1517. Mona is the contraction of an Italian word for ma’am or madam and Lisa is believed to be the name of the woman in the painting, Lisa Gherardini. She was the wife of a wealthy merchant named Francesco del Giocondo, and the painting showed her when she was 24-27 years old. King Francis I of France later bought the work and the Louvre Museum has displayed it since 1797.
Yeri Chang Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Who was the sculptor who created David?
2. What is considered as the world's most famous painting?
3. Who is the woman in the painting Mona Lisa?
1. Where is the present home of the statue David?
2. If you can have one artwork in your house, which will you choose? David or Mona Lisa? Why?
3. How much do you think does the Mona Lisa painting cost?