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MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI: DAVID-APOLLO

Classification
Dimensions
148 x 50x 57 cm
Date
1905
Period
Material
Iconography
Inventory
Rg.238
ID
Hyp-7120
References
Petrovics, Gipszgyűjtemény (1926), p. 12. no. 83.

The plaster cast of Michelangelo’s unfinished David or Apollo statue.

The David-Apollo marble statue was ordered from Michelangelo by Baccio Valori, who had been appointed as papal governor of Florence in 1530. The statue was destined for his palace. Michelangelo worked on the sculpture, which was never completed, between 1530—1531. The artwork is known by two names, as it is unclear whether it portrays David from the Old Testament or Apollo from Greek mythology. While many have claimed to recognise the head of Goliath in the uncarved marble block at the feet of the youth, the latter’s characteristic movement, as he reaches for an arrow in the quiver at his back, suggests he is Apollo. The statue is exhibited in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.