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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Michelangelo's David Holding Secret Weapon?

Michelangelo's David Holding Secret Weapon?

A close-up of the right hand of Michelangelo's David. Is he holding the remnants of a secret weapon?

Michelangelo's David might have held a secret weapon in his overly large right hand, according to new controversial research into the towering depiction of the biblical hero who killed Goliath.

Presented at "Florens 2010: The International Week of Cultural and Environmental Heritage," during a three-day tribute to Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the study concludes that David’s right hand is gripping the cylindrical fragment of a weapon.

"Bulging with veins, the right hand is holding what remains of a terrible weapon used in antiquity until the 17th century," art historians Sergio Risaliti and Francesco Vossilla wrote in the book "L'Altro David" ("The Other David").