Verrocchio’s David Restored

A Renaissance Bronze from the National Museum of the Bargello, Florence

February 13 – March 21, 2004

West Building Main Floor

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: Andrea del Verrocchio’s bronze statue of David was the focus for this exhibition, which celebrated the recent technical examination and restoration of the work by conservators at the Bargello with support from the High Museum, Atlanta. The restored statue was shown with the head of Goliath in its original placement between David’s feet. This was the first time that the statue had been on loan outside Florence. The sculpture was shown in Washington with 9 other works including 15th-century representations of David and sculptures by Verrocchio and his workshop.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the National Museum of the Bargello, Florence. Eleonora Luciano, assistant curator of sculpture at the National Gallery, was the curator in Washington.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by Worldspan, L.P. The conservation was supported by Steinhauslin Bank and Progetto Città, Florence. Additional support was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Associazione ‘Amici del Bargello.’

Image: Andrea del Verrocchio, Putto Poised on a Globe, probably 1480, unbaked clay, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.128

Attendance: 60,845

Catalog: Verrocchio’s David Restored: A Renaissance Bronze from the National Museum of the Bargello, Florence, by Gary M. Radke et al. Atlanta: High Museum of Art; in association with Giunti Gruppo Editoriale, Florence, 2003.

Other Venues: National Museum of the Bargello, Florence, October 7–November 9, 2003
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, November 22, 2003–February 8, 2004