accademia holds image rights of work, Florence court rules. Image shows Michelangelo's statue of David

Florence court upholds Accademia’s image rights of work

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A Florence court on Monday upheld the image rights of work of art to the Gallerie dell’Accademia. The sentence follows the unauthorised use by a top publishing house of Michelangelo’s David.

A Florence court ruled that the Galleria dell’Accademia has the rights of work to the image of cultural property of Michelangelo’s David. This follows a top publishing house using an image of the iconic Renaissance statue for advertising purposes on the cover of one of its magazine.

The masterpiece is housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia, which attracts millions of visitors a year.

The Accademia brought the case after “a famous publishing house, without the concession to use the image of the David and without paying any fee, published on the cover of one of its magazines the sculpture modified with the ‘lenticular cartotecnica’ mechanism and therefore superimposed on the image of a model, all in an openly advertising key”.

The Florentine museum said it was the “first judgement of merit” of this kind.

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