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Art History: The Meaning Behind Michelangelo’s Iconic ‘David’ Statue

Replicas

Full-sized reproductions of the iconic sculpture can be found all over the world—even close to home in Florence. To mark the statue’s original location, a marble copy has been placed in the Piazza della Signoria, a bustling square near the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery. A bronze cast can also be found in the Piazzale Michelangelo, a plaza with a panoramic view of the city’s skyline and the surrounding Tuscan landscape.

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Bronze replica in the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy
Photo: Visit Florence

In addition to Florentine locations, copies of the David are on-view in various museums and public spaces across the globe. Notable replicas include a plaster copy in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, a bronze casting in Buffalo, New York’s Delaware Park, and a marble copy on the Avenue du Prado in Marseille, France.

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Plaster replica at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK
Photo: The Victoria & Albert Museum

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Bronze replica in Delaware Park in Buffalo, New York
Photo: Kath Among the Pigeons

While no reproduction could possibly replace the original, these castings serve 2 important purposes: to educate the public (some replicas are even used as tactile teaching aids for scholars studying the statue), and to spread Michelangelo’s profound legacy, both in Italy and beyond.

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