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School principal forced to resign after parent complained Michelangelo’s David is ‘pornographic’

After a parent complained that students were exposed during a lesson about Renaissance art, a Florida school principal resigned.

The lesson was given to 11- and 12-year olds and featured Michelangelo’s David sculpture, as well as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Creation of Adam paintings.

One parent claimed the material was pornographic, while two other parents said they wanted to be notified before their children were taught.

Hope Carrasquilla was the principal at Tallahassee Classical School. She resigned after being given an ultimatum by the chairman of the school board, local media reported.


She told the Tallahassee Democrat, “It saddens my that my time here had ended this way.”

Michelangelo’s sculpture of David, the Biblical hero, is one of the most recognizable objects in Western art history.

The statue’s nudity is part of a centuries-old debate over art pushing boundaries and rules of censorship.

When the Roman Catholic Church considered nudity immodest, and even obscene in the 1500s, metal fig leaves were used to cover the genitals statues such as David.

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In 1847, a reproduction of David was created for the V&A. According to the gallery’s website, Queen Victoria was shocked to see the reproduction.

The leaf was kept on hand for any royal visits. It was then hung on the statue using 2 strategically placed hooks.


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