Michelangelo’s David

The composed pose before battle; sinews set. Poise in contrapposto. A rock, locked in a rock block cast aside in Carrera, before casting a rock: the top uncarved braggadocio, shock of intricate waves cascading away—rock beats sword. Noble nudity: armorless. Gazing toward Rome. Intent: brow furrowed. The sling resting, the rock ready, in a righteous right hand–manu fortis. Left foot flexed: deft. The Giant succumbs to the artist.

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