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September 8, 2004

David Hits the Big One

Happy quincentennial, you magnificent cinquecento bastard.

Some high irreverence:

Most women would agree he has a very nice rear end. Tall and handsome, he has the kind of Baywatch muscles that would make many of both sexes drool.
One small detail: he is about to celebrate his 500th birthday. He is Michelangelo's statue of David.
"I knew he was old but I wasn't aware he was turning 500," said Pat Fisico, a Canadian on holiday in Florence on Monday. "I don't think he looks a day over 22 ..."

Some high-minded criticism... "Happy 500th birthday, David! Now get some clothes on":

The ultimate hardbody is turning the big 5-0-0.
His fellow Florentines are throwing una grande festa to commemorate the event. The guest of honor will wear the only outfit he owns, one that just happens to be perfect for the occasion.
His birthday suit.
...
"The cat was amazing," Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton said of Michelangelo.

And some high-class shenanigans:

8. Michelangelo's work was not immediately appreciated by 16th Century Florentines. On its way to be installed outside the city's seat of government in 1504 it was pelted with stones. Some say the act was nothing but thuggery, others that it was politically motivated and inspired by the anger of supporters of the exiled Medici family.
9. Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski threw a birthday party for his wife, Denise, that featured an ice-sculpture of David which urinated Russian vodka into crystal glasses for the 60 guests. In all, the party cost more than $2m (US).

You're killing me, guys. Seriously.

"David Hits the Big One"
Posted by Dan at 10:05 AM

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Referenced in this post:

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia: David's 500th Birthday Culture Minister Present
BBC: Ten things about David
China Daily: Michelangelo's David turns 500 (Reuters)
Courier-Journal: Happy 500th birthday, David! Now get some clothes on—Mark Coomes
Michaelangelo's David in Florence
Reuters: Michelangelo's David Turns 500 and Still Turns On
The Digital Michelangelo Project
Toronto Star: David a buff 500 in his birthday suit (Reuters)
Webmuseum: David