“From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David” is a forthcoming book by Art History professor Victor Coonin.
It promises to be “the first general public book about Michelangelo’s David to tell the comprehensive story of the world-famous sculpture, from its origins up to the present day. It answers the frequently asked question: ‘Why is the David so famous?’”
The story of the David is a profoundly Florentine one, the publisher – the Florentine Press – explains. “We’re making a beautiful book, printed in Florence and on paper that is made in Italy,” director Marco Badiani has said. “It’s a conscious choice aimed at supporting the print publishing industry, recognizing that people still want to own and hold books like this.”
The publishing house has thus turned to Kickstarter, hoping to raise 5,000 USD to cover printing costs. Project backers will receive copies of the book as a reward.
"From Marble to Flesh: the Biography of Michelangelo’s David" is scheduled to be released in May 2014 by The Florentine Press. The 200 page book with 100 colour illustrations has an expected cover price of 35$ / 25€.
The Kickstarter campaign is running until April 17, 2014; to contribute and learn more about the project, please visit the Kickstarter Florentine Press campaign page.