Bronze replica statuette of the famous 'David' by Michelangelo. The statuette stands 320mm high.Michelangelo's David, sculpted from 1501 to 1504, is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of Michelangelo's two greatest works of sculpture, along with the Pietà. It is the David alone that almost certainly holds the title of the most recognizable statue in the history of art. It has become regarded as a symbol both of strength and youthful human beauty. The original 5.17 meter (17 ft) marble statue that this replica is based on portrays the Biblical King David at the moment that he decides to do battle with Goliath. It came to symbolize the Florentine Republic, an independent city state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states. This interpretation was also encouraged by the original setting of the sculpture outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence. The completed sculpture was unveiled on 8 September 1504.
A replica of the statue now stands where the original stood for hundreds of years. The original has been moved out of the weather, but this picture shows what thousands of tourists a year come to see in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
In 1991, an unsuccessful artist hammered a toe off David, leading conservators to discover the origins of Michelangelo's marble.
This bronze leaf replica is 320mm high.