Wednesday, March 29, 2023

If Anyone Is Interested In Michelangelo's David

I understand that there's been a brouhaha about Michelangelo's David, an old statue of a rockstar Biblical figure in all his youthful glory, so to speak. I have no dog in this race, no opinion to voice. However, I will take this opportunity to bring a really lovely book to your attention, Stone Giant, Michelangelo's David and How He Came To Be by Jane Sutcliffe with illustrations by John Shelley.  

I had the good fortune to attend a presentation Jane did on this book in 2015 at the Connecticut Children's Book Fair. (The fair hasn't been held since well before the pandemic, and I personally doubt we will ever see it again. Just had to mention that. Sorry.) 

In her presentation, Jane said she had seen David (in Florence, not Venice as I say in my blog post about her talk) and that when she looked into his face, she thought she saw a story. At the time, I thought she wasn't talking just about David, but looking at all art.

The book is lovely, and I've just added it to a wishlist so I can have it for my personal library to share with young family members.

Well, maybe I do have a dog in this race, because I knew Jane Sutcliffe, a lovely woman and very good historical nonfiction writer who died a little over a year ago. I regret not buying this back in 2015 so that I'd now have a signed copy.

This book would be a great addition to school and church libraries, as well as for homes.

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