Do not take pictures.
Not unless you enjoy trouble.
Apparently, there are signs all over the place indicating that it is against the LAW to photograph the David.
I'm usually quite conscientious to those types of rules.
I don't know what came over me when I saw him but I instinctively grabbed my camera and started away.
Until the big mean security guard almost literally accosted me. I mean...I was actually kind of scared. After about 30 seconds, I decided I was lucky that I still had my camera. I looked like humble pie. I wasn't even using flash, so I'm not sure how he picked me out in the crowd. But those guys mean business in that museum.
But I got a shot.
Ignazio spent quite a bit of time explaining the history, method and science behind this genius work. And when you spend an entire day studying marble antiquities up close and very personal, you will see the difference in this piece. It is spectacular in every way.
It was once located outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a political statement in 1504. It was moved to the museum in the 1800's and a replica now stands in it's place outside the palace.
The Palazzo Vecchio (the "old" civic government "palace", built in the early 1300's, it actually still houses the Mayor of Florence)
And then there was......David
As close as my little camera lens will ever get.
He's massive. He's perfection. He turns his evil eye glare to face Rome as if to say, "we're not afraid of you. As I conquered the Philistine, so can I you."
I devoted a whole half hour and 15 Euros of my vacation to this ONE exceptional experience.
Florence is adorned in Michelangelo's work. I will be posting his final resting place in the future. Stay tuned. I'm working my way through to the Italian finish line here....to my favorite place. Haven't I said, I love cemeteries?