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

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Current Location: In storage


David drawing Goliath's Sword


Sculptor: Tacca, Ferdinando (Uncertain)




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.


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.

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Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.1 cm
Width: 7.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work


Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

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

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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: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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