|©Angela K. Nickerson, 2010|
Of course, in the early 1500's there was no "Italy" as we know it today. That is a 19th century development. But in the unification of the Italian city states, were there some details left unexplored? And why would the city of Florence just be thinking of this now? One word: Euros. When the going gets tough, people look for revenue in "creative" ways.
So, what would Michelangelo do? I'm fairly certain he would champion his hometown of Florence. His David represents the Florentine Republic standing up against other threatening forces including the Vatican -- the Goliaths of his day. It seems David has another stone to throw.