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9 Interesting Facts About Michelangelo and His “David” Statue

#6. David was a political symbol

David was a political symbol

After much debate, David was placed outside Florence’s government offices in the Palazzo Della Signoria, creating a strong connection in the public’s mind. In 1494, the powerful Medici family was exiled from Florence, making Florence feel like the biblical David. It’s said the statue’s wary gaze was knowingly pointed toward Rome. These political overtones led to the statue being attacked twice in its early days. Protesters pelted it with stones the year it debuted, and, in 1527, an anti-Medici riot resulted in its left arm being broken into three pieces. Commentators have noted the presence on David’s penis of his foreskin, which is at odds with the Judaic practice of circumcision, but is consistent with the conventions of Renaissance art. Source

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