Replicas of Michelangelo's David

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

Replicas of Michelangelo's David have been made 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]


North America[edit]

Bronze casting in Buffalo, New York
Reduced-scale copies of David in Los Angeles, decorated for Christmas 2005

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.


  • 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 was donated instead.



  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. ^ "David's Fig Leaf". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  4. ^ Smithsonian
  5. ^ Daily Titan
  6. ^ see Jessica Mitford, The American Way of Death Revisited, p.102, 1998, Vintage Books, ISBN 0679771867
  7. ^ 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 (Nov 17, 1997): 1.
  8. ^ Frommer's Portable Las Vegas
  9. ^ Stanford, including comparisons with two small commercial replicas
  10. ^ Randy Kennedy, "Black, White and Read All Over Over", The New York Times, December 15, 2006.
  11. ^ Göksel Bozkurt, "Davut sculpture goes to Kentucky 21C museum", Hürriyet Daily News, September 19, 2011.
  12. ^ "Louisville residents react to giant, gold David statue", WHAS-TV, May 2, 2012.