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February 28, 1972

Michelangelo's David

JAMA. 1972;219(9):1212. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190350048021

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To the Editor.—  Ciaglia (218:1304, 1971) asks: Why the Foreskin on Michelangelo's "David"? His answer ignores other evidence of Michelangelo's lack of concern for such anatomic niceties, for example, a belly button on the brand new Adam of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. And, in the Pietá, not only does the mother look younger than her son, but blood fills the arm veins of the crucified Christ. (What, no valves?) Had Michelangelo really been with it, he would not have put the spear wound at the traditional location above the liver, but, knowing that blood and water came from the wound, he would have placed it close to the symphysis pubis.