DAVID: Seven Degrees of Separation

Can we get there from here?

1501-4:  Michelangelo sculpts a monumental marble David
to surmount a buttress at Florence Cathedral: 1

1504:  The David is placed, instead, in front of 
Palazzo Vecchio: 2

1871:  The marble David is memorialized as the centerpiece of a bronze aggregation at Piazzale Michelangiolo (note the quaint spelling of "Michelangelo"), flanked by renditions of the artist's Four Times of Day in the Medici New Sacristy at San Lorenzo: 3

Meanwhile in 1873:  The original David is transferred to the Accademia Gallery.

Also in 1873:  A marble replica of the David is placed in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

2009:  An Asian visitor pays homage to Michelangelo's David (Imitation Being the Sincerest Form of Flattery): 4

2009:  Meanwhile,  a photographer memorializes the Asian
visitor paying homage to Michelangelo's David:

2009:  Meanwhile, another photographer memorializes the aforementioned photographer while he memorializes the Asian visitor paying homage to Michelangelo's David: 6

2011:  The resulting image is posted on the web: 7

More Michelangelo's David?
More Mysteries of Florence?

PHOTOGRAPHS: Two Views of Piazzale Michelangiolo © Lyle Goldberg


  1. I suppose even the Asian tourists have a witty sense of humor!! This was great. These pictures really attest to the enormity of these statues....I had no idea.

  2. Well, I can't tell if the guy in the blue shirt doing "the David Thing" is cracking a smile or not...? Finding crazy David Stuff in Florence is like shooting fish in a barrel. And then there is the web. I have a huge file of stuff that I harvested online. Maybe I should throw some of this together as a post? Comments would not be necesary - apart from an occasional "Can you believe...?"