Thursday, September 8

I don't give a fig

While I admire Queen Victoria, she can make me laugh.

A rather famous marble sculpture by Michelangelo portraying a nude King David (you know, of David and Goliath fame?) was unveiled on Sept. 8, 1504 in Florence, Italy.

More than 350 years later, a massive six meter cast of David was presented to Queen Victoria by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, which she immediately donated by the queen to the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria & Albert Museum).

The plaster cast of David at the V&A has a detachable plaster fig leaf, half a metre high, which is displayed nearby. It was created in response to Queen Victoria's shock upon first viewing the statue's nudity, and was hung on the figure prior to royal visits, using two strategically placed hooks.


Nowadays, the fig leaf is no longer displayed on the V&A David. Instead, it is housed in its own case on the back of the figure's plinth.

So how tall is half a meter? My size.

Rather makes me feel like David when he faced the giant Goliath.

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