On September 8, 1504, Michelangelo’s David was unveiled in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria.

It’s a work of art.

The detail is exquisite.

But what about that David?


David had an affair with another man’s wife and when she got pregnant,  he sent her husband to the heat of the battle so that he would be killed.

Then he married her.

David was married to several women at the same time and had several concubines – women in his harem to whom he was not married.

David killed 7,000 men in one battle and killed tens of thousands over time.

David annihilated entire cities; men, women, and children.

David was an ethnic cleanser.

David was such an indulgent father his undisciplined sons became rapists and womanizers and rebelled against his kingdom.

David was a mercenary who rebelled against his king and was the face of treason.

David usurped the throne of Israel from the family of his best friend Jonathan.

Yet the statue still stands.