David with the head of Goliath

David with the head of Goliath

Acquired in exchange from the former Königlichen Museen (Gipsformerei, Berlin) in 1889

Original:

David with the head of Goliath
Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-88)
Second half of the 15th century
Bronze with traces of gilding
Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy

This work is documented as a Medici commission, although it is not certain whether it was ordered by Piero di Cosimo de 'Medici (1416-69) or by one of his sons, Lorenzo (the Magnificent) (1449-92) or Giuliano (1479-1516). In 1476, Lorenzo and his brother sold Verrocchio's David to the Florentine Signoria for the Palazzo Vecchio. In 1898, the figure passed into the Museo Nazionale.