Everything has begun with a reader’s question…
1.‘’Why do all old statues have such small penises?’’
As today in many cultures big penises are symbolized ‘’manliness’’ and ‘’power’’, the answer to the question why all antique statues have such small penises is pretty interesting.
2.The curator of various museums, Ellen Oredsson, answers the reader’s question on her blog.
3.The cultural values about male beauty were different back then. There was an aesthetic approach in the art which was all about idealism and balance.
Today large penises are seen as valuable and manly thanks to the porn industry, but that time Ancient Greeks associated big penises with some characteristics: Foolishness, ugliness and lust.
Therefore, small penises were considered as better than big ones.
5.But, there are a few Ancient Greek sculptures that have gigantic penises.
It is a statue of a Satyr that was one of the mythological male companions of Dionysus, the god of wine and pleasure.
6.This one is a statue of Priapus, a Greek fertility god cursed with a permanent erection, ugliness and foolishness by Hera.
7.The Ancient Romans might have been more positive towards big penises, but small penises were considered as a trend in the art.
8.Well, was David’s penis shriveled by fear?
The famous example of Renaissance sculpture, Michelangelo’s David (1501-1504) is now exhibited in Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence.
The reason ‘why David’s penis is such small’ may be apart from the cultural and artistic influence.
According to the article published in 2005 by two Florentine researchers, David’s penis was shriveled by fear, because of his impending fight with the mythological giant Goliath. The researchers argue that Michelangelo sculpted many details in David’s body to be consistent with the symptoms of fear and tension.