Statues of David
by DONATELLO

The first part of Donatello's artistic activity ends in the 1430s with the slightly smaller than life-sized bronze statue of David. It was originally placed in the courtyard of the Medici-Riccardi palace, but after the confiscation of the Medici palace in 1495 it was moved to the courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio and placed on a marble column. As a free-standing, life-size nude - the first of the post-classical age - Donatello's bronze David is undoubtedly one of the most important sculptures of the Italian Early Renaissance.

Previously in 1409, Donatello carved a David in marble, one of his earliest works in this medium, originally intended for the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. The statue was bought by the Signoria of the city of Florence as early as 1416, to be erected in the Palazzo Vecchio.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
David
1409
Marble, height 191 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

850*1252
True Color
108 Kb



David (detail)
1409
Marble
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1198*1400
True Color
202 Kb



David
1430s
Bronze, height 158 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1600*1048
True Color
191 Kb



David (front view)
1430s
Bronze, height 158 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1066*1600
True Color
178 Kb



David (front view)
1430s
Bronze, height 158 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

850*1456
True Color
175 Kb



David (side view)
1430s
Bronze, height 158 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

783*1600
True Color
135 Kb



David (rear view)
1430s
Bronze, height 158 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

790*1600
True Color
153 Kb



David (detail)
1430s
Bronze
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1028*1200
True Color
111 Kb



David (detail)
1430s
Bronze
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1010*1100
True Color
168 Kb



David (detail)
1430s
Bronze
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1200*811
True Color
169 Kb




Summary of sculptures by Donatello
Early works
John XXIII | David | Duomo | Orsanmichele | Siena | Various
Mature works
Cantoria | Basilica di Santo | Prato Pulpit | San Lorenzo | Various
Late works
Judith and Holofernes | Pulpits of San Lorenzo | Various