In the late 15th century, two artists failed to convert a huge block of Carrara marble called “The Giant” into a statue of David that was supposed to sit atop the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo). Then Michelangelo, at the age of 26, was given the chance. After more than two years of work, the 17 foot masterpiece was unveiled in Piazza della Signoria. In 1910, it was replaced by this replica. You can see the original in the Accademia Gallery in Florence. In the photo’s background is the Monogram of Christ over the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio.