AFTER A MODEL BY MICHELANGELO (1475-1564)
ITALIAN, 19TH CENTURY
bronze, dark brown patina
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is a stable fissure around the proper right knee. There is a further stable fissure around David’s sling. There are a few small lacunae, including to the proper right hip and to the proper left thigh at the back and the proper left buttock. There is minor dark spotting, in particular to the back. The David probably once had a fig leave and there is a small pin hole where it would have been attached. There is some minor oxidation to some of the crevices and to the terrasse.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Considered as one of the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, the David by Michelangelo has been a source of inspiration through the centuries. Particularly during the Grand Tour and the 19th century, the taste for classical antiquities and Renaissance intensified, bringing the aristocracy to cultivate a taste for small sculptures and paintings to decorate their homes. The present bronze reduction of the David reflects this phenomenon. The details such as the hair ringlets, the hands and the abdomens are especially well-defined.