Why is Michelangelo’s David So Famous?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s one of the most recognizable works of art in the world.

Michelangelo’s statue of King David from the Bible gets twice as many visitors a year as another king, the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley and his mansion here in Memphis.

Rhodes Professor Dr. Victor Coonin reveals the fascinating story behind the David in his new book “From Marble To Flesh”.

September 18th, Professor Coonin will lecture on “The Sexuality and Censorship of Michelangelo’s David” at Rhodes College.

The lecture will take place at 6:00 in Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall.

November 16th—Professor Coonin will speak at the Dixon Gallery in a talk titled “The Contemporary Fame of Michelangelo’s David”.

Dr. Coonin will talk about contemporary artists and their responses to the David through the lens of human sexuality, consumer culture, and armed conflict as well as answering the question, “Why is the David so famous?”

Professor Coonin will also be teaching a Fall course at the Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning at Rhodes College.

The course will be taught jointly with Professor Steven McKenzie, world expert on the biblical King David.

The course is titled: “Art and the Bible: Michelangelo’s David and King David” scheduled for four Tuesdays, October 28, November 4, 11, & 18, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

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