Statue of David at Piazzale Michelanglo
Public Art : Bronze copy of Statue of David
Sculptor : The bronze copy was created from a
plastercast of the original statue of David by © Michelangelo di Lodovico
Buonarroti Simoni (6th March, 1475 – 18th February, 1564).
Description : The bronze copy of David is set on a
large pedestal, decorated with replicas of allegorical statues depicting day, night, twilight and dawn.
Unveiled: The statue was erected in 1873.
Location: The bronze statue of David is located in
the car park of the Piazzale Michelangelo. It is easy to drive there or simply catch a taxi. Alternatively you can
get there on foot by climbing up from Piazza Poggi found at the base of the hill.
Background : On 29th of August, 1846, the
Florence smelter Clemente Papi was given permission to do a plastercast of the famous statue. This cast would
serve as the basis for bronze copy of which is currently in Piazzale Michelangelo.
History of the Piazzale Michelanglo : The
Piazzale Michelanglo is a famous Florence square built atop a hill on the south bank of the Arno River in 1869
by local architect Giuseppe Poggi. The square boasts breathtaking views of the City, the river, the bridges and
Fort Belvedere . The square, not surprisingly, was named in honor of the famed Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo.
As a fitting guesture a bronze copy of the Statue of David was erected in the square, keeping an eye on his beloved
city. The bronze was loaded on a cart and hauled there on the 25th of June 1873 thanks to 18
very tired oxen.