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David drawing Goliath's Sword: M.20-1980

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Titles

David drawing Goliath's Sword

Maker(s)

Uncertain Tacca, Ferdinando (Sculptor)

Description

Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast, patinated, and formerly gilt

Copper alloy, probably bronze, formerly gilt. Cast, with thick dark brown patination darkened to black on the inner surfaces and much rubbed on the outer, probably of 19th century origin. A nude youth with abundant flowing hair striding forward and looking downwards to his front, in the act of drawing an exceptionally large sword from a sheath, which is not attached by any belt or strap to his person. A piece of fringed cloth is draped over his left forearm, and he stands on a flat rectangular raised base.

Notes

History note: Sotheby's, London, 13 December 1979, lot 248; bt Alex Wengraf Ltd, London; sold to the Friends of the Fitzwilliam, with Grant-in-Aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.1 cm
Width: 7.0 cm

Relative size of this object

7 cm23.1 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1980) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Dating

Mid 17th century
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 1660 CE

School or Style

Renaissance

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Components of the work

Decoration:

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy Bronze

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, patinated and originally gilded
Patinating

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.20-1980
Primary reference Number: 14001
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_20_1980
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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