Lot 14 (Garden and Natural History Live Auction, 11th June 2019)
Garden Statues: An over-life size carved white marble figure of David after Michelangelo
Italian, mid 20th century
The original Renaissance sculpture was created between 1501 and 1504 depicting the Biblical hero David, represented as a standing male nude. Originally commissioned by the Opera del Duomo for the Cathedral of Florence, it was meant to be one of a series of large statues to be positioned in the niches of the cathedral’s tribunes, Michelangelo was asked by the consuls of the Board to complete an unfinished project begun in 1464 by Agostino di Duccio and later carried on by Antonio Rossellino in 1475.
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