David Full-Size Details - Item #150
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
Nose: 8 Inches High x 5 Inches Wide x 5 Inches Deep
Mouth: 6 Inches High x 8 Inches Wide x 4 Inches Deep
Eye, Left: 8 Inches High x 7 Inches Wide x 5 Inches Deep
Ear: 7 Inches High x 4 Inches Wide x 2 Inches Deep
Set of four facial details from the sculpture of David. See Items #146-149 for the individual pieces.
David was originally placed in the Piazza della Signoria (where a marble replica is today) and is now in the Accademia Gallery. Three times the height of a man, David stands almost 17 feet tall (about 203 inches) and was carved from a single block of marble. The piece was intended as one of several sculptures to be placed on the buttresses of the dome at the Cathedral of Florence. However, after seeing it, a committee agreed that the sculpture, with its beautifully articulated human body and genius composition, deserved a more prominent location, and so it was placed in the Piazza upon completion. Michelangelo's composition, which shows the Biblical David preparing for the fight with the giant Goliath, was the first artwork to do so rather than depict David after his victory with Goliath's head. David is shown in calm, deep concentration with a rock in one hand and his slingshot over his shoulder. Since the sculpture had been designed to be viewed from far below on the ground, Michelangelo enlarged the head and the right hand so that the proportions would appear correct and would emphasize the moment before David hurls the rock. Although a religious statue, the people of Florence at the time claimed the sculpture as a symbol of their Republican liberty. David is one of the masterpieces of the world.
Museum: Accademia Gallery, Florence
Time Period: Renaissance, 1501-1504
"Basic Facts About the David." Accademia.org: Guide to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, http://www.accademia.org/explore-museum/artworks/michelangelos-david/facts-about-david/.
"Michelangelo's David." Accademia.org: Guide to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, http://www.accademia.org/explore-museum/artworks/michelangelos-david/.
"Michelangelo's David." ItalianRenaissance.org: Analysis of the Art of Renaissance Italy, 2015, http://www.italianrenaissance.org/michelangelos-david/.
Van Osnabrugge, Willem. "Real Height of David." Virtual Library on The Ringling Museum, http://ringlingdocents.org/sculpture/david-height.htm.