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Michelangelo’s ‘David’, in mourning until the end of the war in Ukraine

Michelangelo’s ‘David’. / Eph

The City Hall of Florence covers the famous sculpture in Piazza della Signoria with a black cloth in protest against the Russian invasion

DARIO MINOR Correspondent in Rome

The ‘David’ of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence dresses in mourning until the end of the war in Ukraine unleashed since the Russian invasion began on February 24. On the anniversary of the birth of its author, Michelangelo Buonarroti, who saw the light on March 6, 1475 in the Tuscan town of Caprese, the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, ordered this Sunday to cover the sculpture with a black cloth, of the one that lit a flag and several ribbons with the national colors of Ukraine.

“It is a very strong gesture of mourning to remember the thousands of victims that are already counted these days. They are civilian victims in Kiev and other Italian cities and also military victims. We also want to remember the Russian military, the young Russian soldiers sent by Putin and his government to die », Nardella declared this Sunday, when the new image of ‘David’ was presented. “This statue symbol of freedom against tyranny is covered in black,” said the mayor.

With this decision, the City Council of Florence intends to raise awareness of the drama of the war both among Florentines and the thousands of tourists who, every day, visit Signoria Square and who will find that they cannot contemplate or photograph the copy of Michelangelo’s ‘David’. The original sculpture, which is preserved in the Accademia Gallery, has not been covered for the time being.

This gesture of protest against the war by the mayor has not pleased the political opposition in the City Council. Alessandro Draghi, from the right-wing Brothers of Italy party, called for the black cloth to only be kept on the ‘David’ for one day. “I don’t share the idea of ​​covering the statue until the end of the war,” Draghi said.

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