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Statuette - David

David

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (modelled)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Master of the David and St John Statuettes (Sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta

  • Museum number:

    7602-1861

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This terracotta statuette representing David is made by the 'Master of the David and St. John Statuettes'

The statuette is one of a number of similar representations of David with the head of Goliath which depend from the composition in bronze by Verrocchio, without resembling it closely in detail.

These terracottas appear to have been produced in some quantity by the same Florentine workshop that was responsible for a number of statuettes of the young St. John the Baptist, for example (7575-1861).

Physical description

The figure of David is posed frontally on an irregular naturalistic base, and is supported at the back by a ledge of rock. Between his feet lies the head of Goliath with a stone embedded in the forehead.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

ca. 1500 (modelled)

Artist/maker

Master of the David and St John Statuettes (Sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta

Dimensions

Height: 48.3 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection

Historical context note

The statuette is one of a number of similar representations of David with the head of Goliath which depend from the composition in bronze by Verrocchio, without resembling it closely in detail.

Descriptive line

Statuette, terracotta, 'David', by the Master of the David and St. John Statuettes, Florence, ca. 1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 36
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, pp. 63, 64
Paoletti, John T. 'The Bargello David and Public Sculpture in Fifteenth-century Florence'. In: Steadman Sheard, Wendy and Paoletti, John T., eds, Collaboration in Italian Renaissance Art, New Haven and London, 1978, p. 107 note 6
Avery, Charles. Fingerprints of the artist. European Terra-Cotta from the Artur M. Sackler Collection. Exh. Cat, Washington, 1981, p. 44, cat. No. 8
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 191, 192
Arnoldi, Franceso Negri, 'Scultura Italiana al Victoria and Albert Museum I&II. In: Commentari, anno XXI, June-July 1970. Fascicoli, pp. 212-213

Labels and date

The statuette is one of a number of similar representations of David with the head of Goliath which depend from the composition in bronze by Verocchio, without resembling it closely in detail. These terracottas appear to have been produced in some quantity by the same Florentine workshop that was responsible for a number of statuettes of the young St. John the Baptist, for example (7575-1861). []

Materials

Terracotta

Subjects depicted

Costume; Sword

Categories

Sculpture; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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