The Hand of David
Moral value and aesthetic view are different between modern and traditional societies. Today, the internet is full of data, research, all kind of information, and of course, a lot of funny and strange discussion. The urban myth of the correlation between the size of a man’s hand and the size of his genitals is commonly being discussed in this generation, you can even find studies and articles around this topic in the Internet.
On the ancient Greek sculpture, part of genitals seemed made smaller on purpose. Historian Paul Chrystal mentioned in his book In Bed with the Ancient Greeks (2016) “the small penis was consonant with Greek ideals of male beauty...it was a badge of the highest culture and a paragon of civilization...Conversely, large organs were an object of fun and humor.” On the comic stage in Greek, actors who play the role of fools were immediately recognized by the audience because of the large genitals— “the sign of stupidity, more of a beast than a man” (Chrystal, 2016).
The proportions of the Michelangelo’s “David” are unusual, especially David’s head and hands. It was pointed that Michelangelo carved that way in order to make it be visible from viewing afar and from below. In this work, I adjusted the size of David’s hands to match the urban myth of this generation.