Medici popularity could only last so long, and the Albizzi were eager to take their place. After Lorenzo de Medici's tyrannical reign, the people of Florence began to tire of this ruling family. The Albizzi saw this as their chance to gain control, and before long they got their wish of domain over Florence. The Medici were exiled after Lorenzo de Medici's death.
For the David, Michelangelo used water to limit the dust around the marble and also to keep himself cool while working. It took the sculptor more than two years to finish this masterpiece, which stands 17 feet today. Notice how David carries his sling over his shoulder and stands upright with determined eyes glaring at his foe—the image of confidence.
The bloody reign of the Albizzi became so bad that the Medici returned from exile nine years later, and the chief political advisor of Florence, Niccolò Machiavelli, was thrown into prison and then exiled, during which time he wrote his famous (or infamous) book The Prince, which marked the beginning of the separation of ethics from politics. Giovanni de Medici became Pope Leo X, and the Medici once again took power in Florence.