Florence, Italy is marking the 500th anniversary of the unveiling of Michelangelo’s famed statue of David today. It was exactly 500 years ago today that the statue of David, the slayer of Goliath and much beloved King of Israel was first unveiled. Florence will mark the anniversary with celebrations that will stretch over 9 months and will include concerts , fireworks and exhibitions.
David, standing at over 15 feet and weighing over 6 tons, is considered the epitome of renaissance-era male form and Michaelangelo’s greatest achievement. The statue was sculpted by a 26 year old Michelangelo from a single block of marble over a period of 2 years. Of course this milestone has brought out all the playa hatas. For instance UK Pilates expert Alan Herdman, decried David’s posture and butt and stated that David would benefit greatly from a Pilates regimen.