David's twin lands in Dubai
The most faithful reproduction of Michelangelo's masterpiece has left the Borgo Albizi workshop
The 3D reproduction of Michelangelo's David, housed in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, has finally left the Tuscan capital for the journey to the United Arab Emirates, where it will be unveiled on 26 April to represent Italy at the 2020 International Expo in Dubai.
The digital twin of Michelangelo's David has begun its journey to Dubai where it will represent Italy at the next World Expo, where it will also be a messenger of the possible revival of Florence and Italian cities of art in the eyes of world public opinion. The reproduction of the David has already been defined as one of the main reasons for visiting the Expo.
The original remains and will always remain at the Accademia Gallery. Its twin, the closest ever made thanks to sophisticated digitisation and then 3D printing, will certainly be the main attraction of the Italian Pavilion during the six months of the Expo.
The project, which re-launches the beauty of Italy and its cities of art, also includes the "making of" the reproduction itself so as to offer visitors and as a legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai the representation of the many multidisciplinary skills involved.
The magnificent colossus comes out of a workshop in Borgo degli Albizi, in the heart of Florence, where restorer Nicola Salvioli and his team have tried to shape the soul of the authentic David through the work of the first digital cast and a huge 3D printer.
Cecilie Hollberg, director of the Galleria dell'Accademia, admits: "no representation will be able to have the pathos of the original, the noumenon of its creativity, but this representation will be a spiritual message for Dubai and for the world - explains Hollberg - But the original will remain here, irreplaceable, emanating beauty".