By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 8, 2022) – In Issue 2022-160 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we remember the history of a famous statue


The rather famous seventeen-foot statue of David was unveiled in Florence on this day in 1504.

The statue was a bit of warning to the powers in Rome, the direction David first faced, in support of liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the city state of Florence.

At one time, well after its dedication, the statue was decorated with a strategically positioned fig leaf, which was eventually removed.

The marble came from nearby northern Tuscany and was shaped into its magnificent form by Michelangelo.   He also created the Pieta statue, was the primary architect for Saint Peter Basilica and despite not being a fan of paintings, created the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. 

This 1831 map of northern Italy, with Florence included, is by Teesdale.

Map of Northern Italy by the British cartographer Teesdale from 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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