Spirit of the David Watches by Arthur Cola
Just a few days ago my family celebrated the news that my new novel, The Brooch, had been published on Kindle. We had a family photo taken in which one of my grandsons held a poster of the book cover image.
On the mantle there was another poster with a pair of eyes looking down over us. My sister-in-law felt that it created a quite eerie feeling. As for me, upon reflecting as to the feeling it may have stirred, it would be a watchful and protective gaze. For those eyes were created by The Stone Cutter Genius, Michelangelo, over 500 years ago when he brought out that gaze from the Carrara marble which would become his famous statue of David. He presented David in classical style; that is in the nude. This would bring him much grief and be a source of controversy for centuries to come. But the feisty renaissance artist, though he struggled with such accusations as his work being only “fit for pigs,” sought perfection in his work as a blend of that which epitomized Ancient Rome and Greece with Christian philosophy. This struggle would become part of the story within my novels
The Stone Cutter Genius and now The Brooch.
For our purposes in this article, I shall leave it to you to find out more about the controversy he stirred up regarding his showing David, who would become King of Israel, as uncircumcised by reading my books. Rather we are looking into the eyes of David not as Goliath with whom he would do battle must have looked. In that gaze of determination, courage and strength there is also a penetrating stare as if The David can actually look into your very soul. And that is what lies at the core of this writing.
For within my novel, The Stone Cutter Genius, you will read about a widely believed legend going back to Bethlehem when the Three Kings visited the Child who was prophesized by the Prophets. Another gift was given besides those of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It was a ring fashioned of gold, silver and copper. The legend which surrounds that Ring of the Magi is the main plot thread which is woven into the tale of my book.
Now I have taken that legend and adapted it from my book into a screenplay titled, Ring of the Magi. I am working with a film producer to develop the script for promotion as a film project. Part of that was the designing of an image which would convey the mystery, power and history behind the story. My son John, who is the illustrator of my books, designed the image which you see in this article. In it the eyes of Michelangelo’s David stare out at you and from a side view looks over Rome and in particular Michelangelo’s Dome on St. Peter’s. When you read of this connection between the David and the Ring of the Magi, then you will better understand why he looks out to you as he does. And why he gazes over Rome and beyond as if watching over it protectively.
Hopefully, we will find a film production company which will see that same power, mystery, beauty and historical legend as well and bring it to life just as Michelangelo seemed to do from the marble of Carrara when he sculpted The David.
(Find the books by Arthur Cola at www.amazon.com/kindle and www.feedaread.com by searching for his name and book title. Learn more about his literary efforts on his Blog: arthurcolalegendarytales.wordpress.com)