Quote of the Day: Artistically Correct Edition

“Nor did Florentine patrons commission statues of David because he looked good without his clothes. They commissioned statues of David because he was a martial hero who had felled an intimidating foe. They made him a beautiful nude to emphasize his heroism, not to disguise his bloody deed. (Donatello’s David has his boot triumphantly on Goliath’s severed head.) Michelangelo’s giant was meant as an inspiration to locals and a warning to would-be invaders. He wasn’t an underwear model. He was a Minuteman. Putting a gun in his hand may look weird, but it’s a lot truer to his original meaning than a souvenir apron.” – Virginia Postrel in Micelangelo’s David Has a Right to Bear Arms [at bloombergview.com]

[h/t instapundit.com]


  1. avatar great unknown says:

    And he took out a heavily armored opponent with a perfect head shot.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    Hot brass and naked ass. Ouch. No ear pro either. At least trigger and muzzle discipline are decent.

  3. avatar A-Rod says:

    It is amazing that we love our Hero tales/sagas but some people think the average, everyday Joe should not be able to own weapons. The duplicity is crazy.

  4. avatar Rokurota says:

    All true, but all irrelevant. People have been using famous works of art in the service of crass commercialism for years. This is about “guns are evil,” not “desecration of art.”

    1. avatar Jeremy S says:

      Agreed, except I also think it’s totally relevant. If nothing else, it further proves the point that the objection to this is based on nothing more than a specific dislike of firearms.

  5. avatar David says:

    Phallic much?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      He was a little under equipped in his originol armament.

      1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

        Hey, it maybe short, but at least it’s thin…

      2. avatar Paladin says:

        Apparently the Greeks preferred it that way. There were a lot of weird things about the Greeks that don’t seem to make it into high school history textbooks.

  6. avatar Leon says:

    Shouldn’t he have something more along the lines of a single-shot .22LR?

    I mean, this IS David, right?

  7. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    Don’t mind me, I’m just a naked guy trying to cover my junk with this thumb-hole stock.

  8. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    “They made him a beautiful nude to emphasize his heroism, not to disguise his bloody deed.”

    Nudity, which was common during Renaissance era artwork, was used to emphasize the beauty of God’s design in the form of man, believed to be created in his own imagine. This is why nudity was very common in the artwork of time, it’s celebrating God’s creation.

    They missed the mark a little bit…

    And, who said said Art Appreciation is a worthless elective.

  9. avatar T says:

    Truly a drop the mike and a round of applause quote.

  10. avatar RabbiGR says:

    Remember David taught the Biblical directive (Commandment 614), “Never bring a knife to a gunfight!”

    1. avatar great unknown says:

      Which is a corollary of the zeroeth commandment: Don’t be an idiot.

  11. avatar Morgan Y. says:

    Last I recall he grabbed five stones making his sling a high capacity assault sling.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      But he only loaded one. A NY gun grabber’s dream….

    2. avatar Santander says:

      The sling was — quite literally — the rifle of the day.
      http://slinging.org/ — a fascinating site on a now obscure — but highly practical set of skills…

      The sling — while far from firearm class — is still not too shabby in ballistic terms — 30-31 m/s (~100 fps) for projectiles of 80-100g (1200-1500 gr) — or about 1/10th the energy of a 230gr. 800 fps 45ACP.

      With a braided rope….

      1. avatar rlc2 says:

        some say the Roman gladius was the assault rifle of the era…easily mass produced multipurpose weapon deadly in the hands of trained users…both military and civilian ( gladiators)



        1. avatar jwm says:

          Romans used lead shot in their slings. Slightly egg shaped and from the descriptions they created horrific musket ball like injuries. Depending on range and skill of the slingers they could penetrate sheilds and armor.

      2. avatar Kyle says:

        Humans are designed to use projectile weapons. We are the only ape capable of doing an overhand throw. The two primary primitive weapons which allowed humans to conquer the world are the spear and the stone. Originally, spears and stones were thrown bare-handed, but then two very simple tools, the spear-thrower and the sling, were created to multiply the leverage.

        The mightiest of beasts can be killed via the spear with a spear thrower. And stones, clay or lead balls, etc…could create devastating wounds from the force and speed they could be slung with a sling. Ancient hunters it is believed would work in teams, where one group would sling ammunition at the eyes of say a mammoth, while another would then go in to throw the spear for the kill.

  12. avatar the ruester says:

    What if the Israeli’s suddenly decided they were offended by this rendition of their cultural hero and stomped and cried demanding they demolish it? “Tradition and history, you say? Is that like firearms in the US?”

  13. avatar TJ says:

    Did anyone else notice this was posted on Bloombergview.com?

    Between this and the article on huffpo this weekend, I’m starting to become interested…

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Admiral Ackbar in 3….2….1….


  14. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    Where does he keep his spare ammo???

    1. avatar pyratemime says:

      He might have two stones in that sack there…

  15. avatar Kevin Mussack says:

    If you look carefully you’ll notice that without the .50BMG David is still armed. David has a sling slung over his left shoulder.

  16. avatar KCK says:

    A sword is kinda like a knife, isn’t it?
    Apparently, Goliath, must have have been slower than average covering the 21 feet.
    And David was carrying Condition 3.

  17. avatar Skyler says:

    The first sentence should be corrected. The quote is “Nor did Florentine patrons commission statues of David because he looked good without his clothes.” Your truncation alters the meaning significantly.

    1. You’re right. Not sure why it was truncated. Text amended.

  18. avatar Maineuh says:

    In these modern times, he likes to be called “Dave.”

  19. avatar Hannibal says:

    Doesn’t make it any less tacky.

  20. avatar Michael says:

    Heavy recoil. It could blow your arms off, oh wrong statue.
    Would not shoot a 50BMG naked!!!!!!!

    OK photo shop people. lets see other works of art with guns!

  21. avatar Ontheotherhand says:

    I’d shoot a .50 naked, I’d do a lot of things naked

  22. avatar jirdesteva says:

    Don’t let the antis see this it will feed their “compensating for something ” drivel.

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