Why are Classical Male Statues not very well endowed
Male statues can be found throughout many countries. But, after reading a rather interesting article about male statues, titled “Why Aren’t Classical Statues Very Well Endowed”, it had me looking back through my photos of my trip to Florence, Italy. The article, in part sets out:
“As it turns out, a lot has changed over the last few thousand years, including how we thing about penis size. Elen Oredsson of the blog How to Talk About Art History explains in one post that ‘cultureal values about male beauty were completely different back then. Today, big penises are seen as valuable and manly, but back then, most evidence points to the fact that small penises were considered better than big ones’.”
So, of course, after reading that, I just had to share some of the male statue photos with you, just so you can make up your own mind. I know you want to see them!
Now obviously, the Statue of David is not in these photos as you can’t take photos in the museum.
Piazza della Signoria
The Piazza della Signoria has been the centre of political life in Florence since the 14th century. The Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Tower overlook the square. The sculptures in Piazza della Signoria are full of political and contradictory connotations.
The replica Statue of David was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic’s defiance of the tyrannical Medici. In contrast the Hercules and Cacus statue was taken by the Medici to show their physical power after their return from exile.
The Boboli Gardens are more than just a garden. They are an open air museum show casing centuries old oak trees, fountains and of course sculptures. The gardens are 400 years in the making, starting in the 15th century before being completed in the 19th century.
Loggia dei Lanzi
Loggia dei Lanzi is an open air museum next to the Piazza del Signoria.
So after inspecting a number of classical male statues …… well I’ll leave it for you to decide!