The ad has caused a great stir, and not just concerning infringements on copyright protecting the famous statue. Angelo Tartuferi, director of the Accademia Gallery where David is housed, is quoted in Italy’s Repubblica newspaper as saying, “The law dictates that the aesthetic value of the work cannot be distorted. In this case not only is the choice in bad taste, it is also completely illegal.”
From a historic perspective, the Armalite ad is also quite ill-informed.
David actually rejected taking up arms when going into the battle with Goliath, declaring, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves.”
Rather David, just a young boy, defeated Goliath with just a stone and sling.
David has inspired many artworks throughout history, including by Poussin, Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Donatello.
However it is Michelangelo’s statue of the biblical hero carved between 1501 and 1504 that has become one of the most famous artworks ever created.
Since then, Michelangelo’s David itself has inspired others.
Being that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, we thought we’d take a look at some other more unusual reproductions of this Renaissance masterpiece…
Meet Michelangelo’s David with our Original David Tour.