Sunday 18 March 2018

Italian lawyers square up for battle over David

Florence city council faces a courtroom battle with the Italian government over the ownership of Michelangelo's David.

Lawyers for the Italian ministry of culture say Florence city council, which was created when the city was part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, cannot be considered the "descendant" of the Florentine republic, which existed when Michelangelo carved the statue in 1504.

Matteo Renzi, Florence's mayor, says he has documents to prove the statue belongs to the city, and will, if necessary fight the matter in court.

Standing 17ft high, the figure depicts the Old Testament hero who killed the giant Goliath. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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