Michelangelo’s David is the world’s most famous statue. It continues to inspire and have significance five centuries after it was first installed in piazza della Signoria. The marble that was to become the David was obtained at the end of 1464 from the mountains lining the western coast of Italy, just above Carrara. In the spring of 2017, Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra returned the David (or, at least, his head) to Carrara in a mixed media mural measuring 10 by 11 meters. Kobra is the latest in a long line of artists to work with the theme of the David in contemporary art; in each case, he is given a new meaning and context. What follows is an adaptation of a chapter from my book From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David, in which I explore this phenomenon.