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David drawing Goliath's Sword

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David drawing Goliath's Sword


Tacca, Ferdinando uncertain (sculptor) [ULAN info: Italian architect, scenographer, sculptor, 1619-1686]








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.

Production Place

Florence (place)

Tuscany (region)

Italy (country)

Italian (nationality)

Technique Description

bronze, cast, patinated and originally gilded


height: (whole): 23.1 cm
width: (whole): 7.0 cm


mid 17th century


circa 1640 to 1660


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1980 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Sotheby's, 13 December 1979, Catalogue of Medieval Works of Art ... Late Gothic Wood Sculpture . . . Renaissance Bronzes . . ., p. 130, lot 248; Alex Wengraf Ltd., London; Sold to the Friends of the Fitzwilliam, with Grant-in-Aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980.

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. Sotheby's (1979) Sotheby's Sale Catalogue, 13th December 1979, London?13th December 1979)
    [comments: Publ. lot 248, repr]
  2. (1981) Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The Annual Reports of the Syndicate and of the Friends of the Fitzwilliam for the Year ending 31 December 1980, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 14]
    [comments: Publ. p. 14, pl. VIII]
  3. (1984) National Art-Collections Fund Review 1983, London?
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, p. 23, advertisement for Alex Weingraf Ltd.]
  4. Brook, Anthea (1986) Sculptors in Florence During the Reign of Grand Duke Ferdinando II of Tuscany (1621-1670): Ferdinando Tacca and His Circle, University of London
    [comments: Publ. pp. 362-64, no. II.I, figs. 336-38]
  5. (1989 - 90) Treasures from the Fitzwilliam: ''The Increase of Learning and other great Objects of that Noble Foundation'', Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 66]
    [comments: Publ. cat. no. 70, p. 66, repr]
  6. Avery, Victoria (2002) Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, London: Gli Ori [page: pp. 82-5]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 82-85, 248, no. 6]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.20-1980 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 14001; Input Date: 2000-10-10 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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