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'It represents a religious symbol of purity and innocence'

Ex-US principal visits ‘David’ after being forced out for showing statue to pupils

Parent at Florida school claimed piece was pornographic; gallery director hosts former school head, notes sculpture has ‘nothing to do with pornography’

Hope Carrasquilla, the former Dean of the Tallahassee Classical School, Florida (right) with Cecilie Hollberg, director of Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia museum looking at Michelangelo Buonarroti's colossal marble statue "David," in Florence, central Italy, April 28, 2023. (Guido Cozzi/Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze via AP)
Hope Carrasquilla, the former Dean of the Tallahassee Classical School, Florida (right) with Cecilie Hollberg, director of Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia museum looking at Michelangelo Buonarroti's colossal marble statue "David," in Florence, central Italy, April 28, 2023. (Guido Cozzi/Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze via AP)

ROME, Italy — A former Florida school principal who was forced to resign after students were shown an image of Michelangelo’s iconic statue of a nude David viewed the masterpiece in person on Friday in Florence, Italy.

Cecilie Hollberg, who directs the Accademia Gallery in Florence, where the David is the star attraction, said that Hope Carrasquilla, her husband, and two children, came straight to the museum right after they arrived in the city.

Carrasquilla stepped down as principal of Tallahassee Classical School in the Florida city last month after one parent claimed the towering sculpture was pornographic. Other parents complained they weren’t notified in advance that their children would be shown the nude figure during a lesson featuring the Renaissance.

Hosting Carrasquilla was an “immense pleasure,” the gallery director said.

“I am happy to be able to welcome her and introduce her to the beauties of our museum, besides showing her the David, a sculpture that, I repeat as I have said, has nothing to do with pornography,” Hollberg said in a written statement. “It’s a masterpiece, it represents a religious symbol of purity and innocence, the victory of good over evil.”

Hollberg added that the work’s nudity “is a clear expression of the Renaissance, which puts man at the center of attention.”

Hope Carrasquilla, the former dean of the Tallahassee Classical School, Florida (right) with Cecilie Hollberg, director of Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia museum, in front of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s colossal marble statue “David,” in Florence, central Italy, April 28, 2023. (Guido Cozzi/Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze via AP)

Michelangelo’s marble sculpture depicts the Biblical David, naked, with a sling over his shoulder and a rock in his hand, ready for battle with Goliath.

A call to Carrasquilla’s cellphone went unanswered.

Hollberg noted that currently, more than 50% of gallery visitors come from the United States.

“I am sure that Mrs. Carrasquilla will find here, in Florence, the welcome and the solidarity that she deserves,” the director added.

The Florida school is attended by some 400 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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