An Italian museum has invited members of the Florida school board to come see the famous David statue in person amidst a debate over whether or not it constitutes pornography.
The controversy began when a former teacher in Florida was fired for showing her students pictures of the Renaissance masterpiece, prompting some parents to complain that it was inappropriate for children.
In response, officials at Florence's Accademia Gallery, where the statue is housed, have offered to host members of the school board so they can view it firsthand and make up their own minds about its artistic merit.
Meanwhile, Florence's mayor has said he plans to invite the fired teacher to visit the city and receive recognition on behalf of its residents.
"We believe that art should be appreciated and celebrated for its beauty and cultural significance," he said. "It's important not to let misguided attitudes towards nudity obscure our appreciation for one of history's greatest works."
Despite concerns from some parents about exposing children to nudity, many experts argue that there is nothing pornographic about Michelangelo's iconic sculpture. Instead, they say it represents an idealized human form that embodies classical ideals of harmony and balance.