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"He Loved Him as His Own Soul": A Fraternal Reinterpretation of Andrea del Verrocchio's "David"

April 9 at 12:10, 1:10
West Building Lecture Hall

Alexander Noelle, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow, The Frick Collection, and PhD candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art

On May 10, 1476, brothers Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici sold a bronze statue of David with the head of Goliath to the Signoria of Florence, who placed it at the entrance to their two most important meeting rooms. This sculpture, crafted by Andrea del Verrocchio (1435 - 1488), has featured prominently in scholarship due to the Florentine tradition of depicting David, its confirmed attribution, and, most regularly, its connection to Lorenzo the Magnificent. However, it has never been studied as a collaborative artistic venture between Lorenzo and Giuliano, despite the reference to both of them in the government purchase record. Through a dynamic approach including technical study, archival sources, and contemporary literature, Alexander Noelle will propose a reinterpretation of Verrocchio's David in relation to the two brothers, considering themes of ideal fraternity and divinely-sanctioned rule by young men.

Andrea del Verrocchio, David, before 1476, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

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