David: big statue, little culture. I pity ancient Greek and Roman women because it looks like their men were not particularly well endowed. Did Michelangelo keep his studio really cold or are there other reasons for David’s little culture?
There are a few explanations for the male lack in antiquity. Large genitalia was a sign of bestiality whereas small cultures signified intellect. If you wanted to honor a man you would downplay his package making the Ken doll some sort of God with his bare bottom. Likewise sculptors kind of gave up on skillfully replicating the penis. David’s culture lacks any realistic detail whatsoever and his bush looks like a manicured quiff. This is not because Michelangelo was a Charles but because he wanted the focus of his masterpiece to be David’s muscular physique and lifelike pose. My research has also shown that the final reason for historic small cultures is because ancient Greeks and Romans preferred little boys, thus pubescent privates were simply more attractive.
On the subject of sculptures and cultures I’d also like to note that the people at the Vatican are a bunch of prudes because they covered all their sculptures. Now it is always fall in the Musei Vaticani.