I know I have been going on a bit about Italians, Italy and the David. But there is one more thing I need to say about my trip to Florence here (there will be more elsewhere).
In Florence, where I was on a press trip with Trafalgar Tours, we went on a walking city tour with a local guide. We saw as we passed the Duomo that David, that not so insignificant Michaelangelo sculpture, had found a place high up on the roof of the Cathedral. It was of course not the original which is in the Accademia Gallery. It was an amazing sight. What displacement.
The guide had no idea of what was going on. How did her beloved David get there?
Later that night a few of us still in the city came across the sighting again. A TV crew was packing up. The producer for a local actuality program explained that they were making a documentary about the original argument in Florence about where the David should reside. This, he said, was one of the suggestions. In fact, the David was originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roof line of the east end of the Duomo.