I am comfortable enough with myself to admit to having waited in line for over an hour and paid € 6.50 (x2) just to see a statue of a naked man. I even paid for my wife to see the dude in the buff. And it was totally worth it. Michelangelo’s David is a true work of beauty: the color of the marble, how the light reflects off of it, and even the devotion that Michelangelo must have felt for the subject.

I am sure that the statue would be scandalous were it produced in present day America. Why are we such prudes about nudity? What are we so afraid of? And why are we always so afraid of everything? Obscenity must be in the eye of the beholder.


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