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Mary lovingly cradles Jesus' limp body in her lap.

365 Days of Art: August 27 – Michelangelo Takes 1st Commission, Krakatoa Colors Sky for The Scream, and Guernica is Displayed for 1st Time in US

Another big day in the history of art! August 27, 1498 At age 25, Michelangelo receives his first big commission: a statue of Mary and Jesus for a cardinal. He selects the Carrera marble himself from the quarry and carves the statue from that single piece of stone. The 450 ducats he’s paid make him

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Marble statue of David with his slingshot.

365 Days of Art: August 16 – Michelangelo Signs Contract to Work on David

August 16, 1501 Michelangelo signs a contract with the Office of Works of Florence Cathedral to sculpt his famous David. The road to get to this point has been a long one, though. About 100 years earlier, the same Office decides to commission twelve sculptures to serve as buttresses for Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral.

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Marble statue of David with his slingshot.

365 Days of Art: July 21 – Fun, Bonus Post – Jerusalem Rejects a Gift From Florence

Bonus post, because the main post today was so heavy. July 21, 1995 The city of Florence, Italy offers a gift to the city of Jerusalem: a replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David, which Jerusalem rejects because they find it pornographic. They do agree to accept a different, fully clothed statue instead.

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A huge stone statue located within a carved niche in a wall of rock.

365 Days of Art: April 30 – Chinese Pilgrim Describes Now-Destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas

April 30, 630 A Chinese Buddhist pilgrim by the name of Xuanzang visits the Bamiynan Buddhas and notes that the area contains “more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks.” He also noted that the two giant Buddha statues were “decorated with gold and fine jewels.” You can read more about the destruction

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The winged, headless statue of Nike of Samothrace.

365 Days of Art: April 15 – Brunelleschi Dies, Da Vinci is Born, Nike of Samothrace is Unearthed, Impressionists Exhibit Together, and Thomas Hart Benton Reveals Himself to Be a Fool (Again)

April 15, 1446 Filippo Brunelleschi, father of Renaissance architecture and engineer of the Duomo, dies. April 15, 1452 Leonardo da Vinci is born. April 15, 1863 An excavation on the Greek island of Samothrace unearthed a winged female statue carved from white marble, known as the Nike of Samothrace, or Winged Victory of Samothrace. It’s

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Greek marble statuary; some are headless.

365 Days of Art: March 13 – Elgin Marbles and Their Poor Conservation Are Subject of Letter

March 13, 1858 The Elgin Marbles, sculptures taken from the Acropolis in Athens, and their poor conservation were the subject of a letter, written by the superintendent of the “moving and cleaning the sculptures” at the British Museum: I think it my duty to say that some of the works are much damaged by ignorant

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365 Days of Art: March 8 – Little Mermaid Is Vandalized in Connection with International Women’s Day

March 8, 2006 The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen is vandalized (not for the first time): a dildo is attached to the statue’s hand, green paint is dumped over it, and the words March 8 are written on it. It is suspected that this vandalism is connected with International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on

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The Bamiyan Buddha statues are destroyed by dynamite.

365 Days of Art: March 2 – Taliban Dynamites Historic Buddha Statues

March 2, 2001 The Buddhas of Bamiyan, two 6th century statues of Buddha carved into a cliff in Afghanistan, were dynamited by the Taliban. The total demolition was effected in stages, and took several weeks to complete. I remember the awful anticipation of the clock ticking down on this one. I, and all my friends

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Michelangelo's marble statue of Moses.

365 Days of Art: February 19 – Pope Julius II Commissions Tomb from Michelangelo

February 19, 1513 In one of his last acts, Pope Julius II issues a Papal Bull declaring that Michelangelo will carve his tomb. Michelangelo had actually begun the project seven years earlier, but was interrupted by Julius’s commission of the Sistine Chapel ceiling–to Michelangelo’s mind, a frustrating and far less interesting proposition, but the only

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