A poster that used a picture of Michelangelo’s naked statue of David to advertise pizza has been cut from the Glasgow subway due to the statue’s nudity.
The poster had featured the Renaissance sculpture eating a slice of pizza, but DRG Group, which owns Glasgow’s Barolo restaurant, said it was “surprised” by the response to the advert.
In response to the request, it created a new version of the poster that hides the statue from below the waist.
Nadine Carmichael, head of sales and marketing, told the BBC: “We had artwork in place and discussed if we could cover the crotch with a flag.
“We got stickers made and the feedback was that they weren’t actually big enough.
“Our next port of call was to show Michelangelo from the waist up. We got there in the end.”
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DRG said it wanted to use classic Italian art to showcase the restaurant on the transport network. It told the BBC that the Mona Lisa portrait had also been discussed as a possible candidate.
Michelangelo’s 5m (17ft) statue is one of the most famous pieces of Renaissance art. It was completed between 1501 and 1504 and depicts a naked David, the Biblical figure who kills the giant Goliath.
It stands in the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, Italy.
Global, which manages the advertising space on behalf of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), has been approached for comment.
Two months ago, a principal of a Florida school was forced to resign after a parent complained that students were exposed to pornography when they were shown the statue of David.
A parent complained that the material was pornographic and two others said they wanted to know about the class before it was taught.
The lesson, given to 11 and 12-year-olds, also included references to Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam painting and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.
Principal Hope Carrasquilla of Tallahassee Classical School said she resigned after being given an ultimatum by the school board to resign or be fired.