Most people viewing Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David admire its artistic beauty and proportion, but to Dr. Kelly Cline, the statue symbolizes something else: the birth of modern science. The article appears in the Independent Record (Helena, Montana).
Cline, a professor at Carroll College, sees Michelangelo and the Renaissance artists as scientists who brought their study of nature, architecture and mathematics to their art. "Michelangelo was an amazing painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. As a sculptor, he learned from the great works of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the other Renaissance sculptors before him, but he went beyond them in ways that no one had ever dreamed," he writes.