David

David

Given by Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany to Queen Victoria in 1857

Original:

David
Michelangelo (1475-1564)
1501-4
Marble
Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy

Michelangelo carved the David from a block which had already been started by AGOSTINO DI DUCCIO (1418-before 1498). The David was installed in place of Donatello's Judith and Holofernes, outside the Palazzo Vecchio, in 1504. It was removed to the Accademia di Belle Arti in 1873, and replaced by a copy. The cast belonging to the Victoria and Albert Museum was presented to Queen Victoria by Grand Duke Ferdinand III of Tuscany, in 1856.