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How David shrank as he faced Goliath


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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

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  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
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How David shrank as he faced Goliath (Guardian)

I can’t honestly say that this is one of the ‘great mysteries’ of art that I’ve ever pondered at any length (what is it with me and puns lately?), but it’s good to know that it’s finally been solved, I guess. Or, at least, that a likely hypothesis has been found.

But the remaining mystery is, I think, rather more interesting:

Now we all know why he is rather less substantial in one area than might have been expected, just one great puzzle remains: why, since David was Jewish, did Michelangelo sculpt him uncircumcised?

This 245th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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