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Replicas of Michelangelo's David

Replica of David in the sculpture's original position, in front of the Palazzo della Signoria, Florence

Replicas of Michelangelo's David have been made numerous times, in plaster, imitation marble, fibreglass, snow, and other materials.[1] There are many full-sized replicas of the statue around the world, perhaps the most prominent being the one in the original's position in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, placed there in 1910. The original sculpture was moved indoors in 1873 to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, where it attracts many visitors. Others were made for study at art academies in the late nineteenth century and later, while the statue has also been replicated for various commercial reasons or as artistic statements in their own right. Smaller replicas are often considered kitsch.[2]


  • Europe 1
  • North America 2
  • South America 3
  • Asia 4
  • Australasia 5
  • Notes 6


North America

Bronze casting in Buffalo, New York
Reduced-scale copies of David in Los Angeles, decorated for Christmas 2005
  • Also in southern California, a resident of the Hancock Park neighbourhood in Los Angeles has decorated his house and grounds with twenty-three reduced scale replicas of the statue.[7]
  • A replica may be found at the "Appian Way Shops" at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.[8]
  • A bronze replica is in Fawick Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • In 1965, David Sollazzini and Sons of Florence, Italy created a Carrara marble replica for the Palace of Living Art at the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, California. The marble used for this replica was taken from Michelangelo's own quarry near Pietrasanta. This replica was later sold to Ripley Entertainment for the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.
  • In 2004, as part of Stanford University's "Digital Michelangelo Project", a highly accurate 15 inch replica was made by Gentle Giant Studios mechanically reproducing their digital scans of the original. Ignoring the advice of an Italian sculptor to soften the features of a reduced-scale copy "otherwise, it appears precious and cartoony", the results were felt to be satisfactory, if "angular when viewed in person, especially around his face."[9]
  • David (inspired by Michelangelo), by Turkish conceptual artist Serkan Özkaya, is a gold-painted foam reproduction of the statue, twice the size of the original, originally created for the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005, accidentally destroyed during installation, recreated, and now in the collection of the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. (Another copy is located in Eskişehir, Turkey).[10][11][12]
  • On February 26, 2013 a Lawrence, Kansas man with no formal training in sculpture molded a giant block of snow into a temporary inspiration of Michelangelo's David, at roughly 7/17 scale. The four hour endeavor was a response of one-upsmanship to his sister's snow version of the

South America

  • A bronze replica stands on the esplanade of Palacio Municipal in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • A marble replica of David is located in the gardens of the Instituto Ricardo Brennand, Recife, Brazil. It was made by Cervietti Franco & Company, again of Pietrasanta.


  • In India, a replica installed at the Administrative Building of the University of Pune is a legacy of the British Raj.
  • In 1995, a replica of David was offered as a gift by the municipality of Florence to the municipality of Jerusalem to mark the 3,000th anniversary of David's conquest of the city. The proposed gift evoked a storm in Jerusalem, where religious factions urged the gift be declined, because the naked figure was considered pornographic. Finally, a compromise was reached and another, fully clad replica of a different statue was donated instead.



  1. ^ A. Victor Coonin, From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David, Florence, The Florentine Press, 2014.
  2. ^ John Launer, The many faces of David, QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, 2005, Volume 98, Number 10 Pp. 777-778, Oxford University Press [1]
  3. ^
  4. ^ Smithsonian
  5. ^ Daily Titan
  6. ^ see Jessica Mitford, The American Way of Death Revisited, p.102, 1998, Vintage Books, ISBN 0679771867
  7. ^ Daniel Yi, "House of 'David': When 17 replicas of Michelangelo's famed statue adorn the outside of a home, is it art or excess?," Los Angeles Times, Metro (Nov 17, 1997): 1.
  8. ^ Frommer's Portable Las Vegas
  9. ^ Stanford, including comparisons with two small commercial replicas
  10. ^ Randy Kennedy, "Black, White and Read All Over Over", The New York Times, December 15, 2006.
  11. ^ Göksel Bozkurt, "Davut sculpture goes to Kentucky 21C museum", Hürriyet Daily News, September 19, 2011.
  12. ^ "Louisville residents react to giant, gold David statue", WHAS-TV, May 2, 2012.
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