Jump to content

Replicas of Michelangelo's David

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Replica of David in the sculpture's original position, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Michelangelo's David have been made replicas for numerous times, in plaster, imitation marble, fibreglass, snow, and other materials.[1] There are many full-sized replicas of the statue around the world, perhaps the most prominent being the one in the original's position in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, placed there in 1910. The original sculpture was moved indoors in 1873 to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, where it attracts many visitors. Others were made for study at art academies in the late nineteenth century and later, while the statue has also been replicated for various commercial reasons or as artistic statements in their own right. Smaller replicas are often considered kitsch.[2]


  • In India, a replica installed at the Administrative Building of the University of Pune is a legacy of the British Raj.
  • In 1995, a replica of David was offered as a gift by the municipality of Florence to the municipality of Jerusalem to mark the 3,000th anniversary of David's conquest of the city. The proposed gift evoked a storm in Jerusalem, where religious factions urged the gift be declined, because the naked figure was considered pornographic. Finally, a compromise was reached and another, fully clad replica of a different statue (David by Verrocchio) was donated instead.
  • In Korea, Hallym University, a replica of David was installed in front of the library.
  • In Dubai, Italy Pavilion in Expo 2020, a 3D printed replica of David was installed in the pavilion as an exhibit. The statue is visible to the public only from the head up, owing to the respect of the UAE's Islamic culture.



  • The bronze cast of David in Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, is flanked by casts of the reclining figures in the Medici Chapel.[4]
  • A plaster cast copy in the Cast Courts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London was intended for the education of art students, and had a detachable fig leaf, used for added modesty during visits by Queen Victoria and other important ladies, when it was hung on the figure using two strategically placed hooks.[5]
  • There is a cast in Park Den Brandt in Antwerp.[6]
  • Pushkin Museum in Moscow[7]
  • A bronze cast stands in front of the Kongelige Afstøbningssamling, the Danish Royal Cast Collection at the Langelinie Promenade in Copenhagen, though it could not be placed more prominently due to misspelling the artist as "Michael Angelo" in the plaque.[8]
  • In 2007, Märklin produced a Z scale (1:220) bronze replica of the statue, which stood approximately 1.6 inches (41 mm) tall. The statue accompanied the "museumswagen" for that year, a collector car offered in the Märklin museum in Göppingen to celebrate the German foundry Strassacker.[citation needed]
  • In 2016, Nadey Hakim produced a bronze bust of the statue. The replica is permanently exhibited at the Monterchi Museum, Italy. The museum is the home of the renowned Madonna del Parto which is Piero della Francesca's most famous piece.[9]
  • In 2018, the technology brand Samsung reimagined Michelangelo's David as a domestic god standing on top of a washing machine as part of an advertising campaign which toured the parks and plazas of London.[citation needed]
  • Replica of the statue can be found in the streets avenue du Prado in Marseille, France, close to the sea. It was done by sculptor Jules Cantini in 1903.

North America[edit]

South America[edit]

  • A bronze replica stands on the esplanade of Palacio Municipal in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • A marble replica of David is located in the gardens of the Instituto Ricardo Brennand, Recife, Brazil. It was made by Cervietti Franco & Company, again of Pietrasanta.
  • A marble replica of David is located in cable car hill Otto's gallery of art, Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina.
  • A replica was innaugurated in 2024 in Resistencia, Argentina.
  • A replica of David is located in front of the Worker's Recreational Center, a park on the east side of São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A. Victor Coonin, From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David, Florence, The Florentine Press, 2014.
  2. ^ John Launer, The many faces of David, QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, 2005, Volume 98, Number 10 Pp. 777–778, Oxford University Press [1]
  3. ^ "Check out Michelangelo's David… in Emerald Lakes", Things To Do Sober, 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Michelangelo – Sculpture, Painting, Architecture | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  5. ^ "David's Fig Leaf". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Parc Den Brandt". A-stad (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  7. ^ "The Sculpture of Michelangelo". pushkinmuseum.art. Retrieved 17 July 2023.
  8. ^ September 2015, Peter Moore | 25. "Where to find Michelangelo's David around Europe". Wanderlust. Retrieved 17 July 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "The Positive Changes Of History – Nadey Hakim: "The Art's Surgeon"". L'ItaloEuropeo – Independent Magazine in London. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  10. ^ Smithsonian
  11. ^ Daily Titan
  12. ^ see Jessica Mitford, The American Way of Death Revisited, p.102, 1998, Vintage Books, ISBN 0679771867
  13. ^ Daniel Yi, "House of 'David': When 17 replicas of Michelangelo's famed statue adorn the outside of a home, is it art or excess?," Los Angeles Times, Metro (17 November 1997): 1.
  14. ^ Frommer's Portable Las Vegas
  15. ^ "Looking Back: Fawick's gift of the Statue of David". Argusleader.com. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  16. ^ Casey Hoke (22 August 2017). "Mike Caffee- Fe-Be's Leather David (1966)". Queer Art History. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  17. ^ Harrity, Christopher (15 September 2016). "Deep in the Leather Archives (Photos)". Advocate. Retrieved 2 June 2024.
  18. ^ Stanford, including comparisons with two small commercial replicas
  19. ^ Randy Kennedy, "Black, White and Read All Over Over", The New York Times, 15 December 2006.
  20. ^ Göksel Bozkurt, "Davut sculpture goes to Kentucky 21C museum", Hürriyet Daily News, 19 September 2011.
  21. ^ "Louisville residents react to giant, gold David statue" Archived 10 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine, WHAS-TV, 2 May 2012.

External links[edit]