Knowing David from Adam

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Knowing David from Adam

From Virgil Elliott

Published before 2005


Hilary Mockewich wrote:
I understand how the Adam's apple [of Michelangelo's David] cannot move rotationally but it can move laterally with the neck,... it could only be speculated that Michelangelo did this to show more than can be seen? what I mean is that is it possible that it was intended? I am interested in the "carved from the perfect wax cast" did they have pointing devices then?

I would say it isn't a good idea to accept what an instructor tells us without question. I have just tested whether the Adam's apple can move rotationally, and I can say with absolute certainty that mine DOES move rotationally. It's a very simple thing to test. Anchor your thumb (either hand) in the pit at the base of your throat, and touch the Adam's apple with the tip of one of the fingers on the same hand, and, holding the hand motionless, turn your head as far left as it will go, then as far right as it will go. Note whether the Adam's apple stays where it was or moves away from the finger when the head is turned. Mine turns approximately half as far as my head does.

The instructor in question has also overlooked the enlarged hand in Michelangelo's David.

Virgil Elliott