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David

bronze sculpture by Andrea del Verrocchio at the age of 38

made out of bronze

currently at The Bargello in Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

1450s

A tragic beginning

As a result of a tragic stone-throwing game with his Florentine compatriots, Andrea del Verrocchio kills Antonio di Domenico, a woodworker aged 14. He is imprisoned and tried for involuntary manslaughter, but released soon afterward, the judges being used to stone-throwing cases, not unusual in in Florence. Verrocchio is guilt-stricken for the rest of his life, and it’s thought the accidental death was the reason he didn’t put a stone in the hand of his celebrated David.

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1476

26 years, 6 days later

David is sold

Signoria of Florence purchases the David by Andrea del Verrocchio from the Medici family.

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