David by Mercie

David by Mercie


David - Mercie


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35"H x 17"W x 10"D
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Marius Jean Antonin Mercié
(1845 – 1916, Paris), was a French sculptor

Mercié was born in Toulouse. He entered the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and studied under Alexandre Falguière and François Jouffroy, and in 1868 gained the Grand Prix de Rome at the age of 23. His first great popular successes were the David and Gloria Victis, which was shown and received the Medal of Honour of the Paris Salon. The bronze was subsequently placed in the Square Montholon.

The bronze David was one of his most popular works.Original Bronze David by Mercie The Biblical hero is depicted naked with the head of Goliath at his feet like Donatello's David, but with a turbanned head and sheathing his long sword. Numerous reproductions exist, most of which incorporate a loincloth that covers David's genitalia but not his buttocks.

        This lifesize original is now
        in the Musée d'Orsay. 

If you have been thinking about a copy of David for your home or garden,
but just couldn't handle the frontal nudity of Michelangelo's David...       Consider this David