The art world is reeling tonight as the Florentine Academia announced and released images of a lost Michelangelo masterpiece: Ed. Deemed by many as a companion piece to his famous David, the Ed statue bears many similarities to Michelangelo's other great work. They both share a similar stance and look extremely similar to the untrained eye. However the Academia spokesperson insists that the Ed is a significant unearthing due to it's differences from the established David. 'Ed is slightly redder in colour and has a bigger face. We can see that some may see similarities with David but Ed really is different. The Ed leans a bit further to the left than the David, for example.'
Many in the art world have criticised the Ed as too similar to the established David statue but the Academia claim 'Ed's popularity is only slightly less than the David's because it is less well known. The Ed appeals more to the Acadamia's membership, whereas David is popular with the wider art audience.' This is a view that is echoed by the art critic Lord Anthony Wedgewood Benn who has said 'I prefer the Ed. I like its stance more' but not supported by the surveyed public of Florence who mainly answered 'What is the Ed? I've never heard of it'. The Academia plans to unveil it's Michelangelo shaped rock collection next week, bearing the names Diane, Tough Potato and Yorkshire Pudding, all of which are names that have been added since their partial creation.