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Historic District in St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Magnificence in Marble: David c.1963

 
 
Magnificence in Marble: David c.1963 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 18, 2013
1. Magnificence in Marble: David c.1963 Marker
Inscription.  Sculptured in Florence, Italy, this reproduction of Michelangelo’s famous “David” is one of only two copies in the world carved to the exact specifications as the original — 17' high and weighing 10 tons — and from one solid piece of Carrara marble excavated from the exact same quarry — Fantiscritti, in Miseglia, Tuscany — as Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

Michelangelo’s statue of David is considered the most recognized sculpture in the world and one of the greatest artistic achievements of the Renaissance. The statue portrays the Biblical King David in a pensive mood, presumed by art scholars to be the moment just before his battle with Goliath.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
 
Location. 29° 53.975′ N, 81° 18.853′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. It is in the Historic District. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Marco Avenue (Business U.S. 1) and West Castillo Drive, on the left when traveling south. Marker and David sculpture
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are located near the northwest corner of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Warden Winter Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert L. Ripley (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Augustine Civic Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named St. Augustine Civic Center (about 400 feet away); Fuente de los Caños de San Francisco (about 400 feet away); The Huguenot Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Public Burying Ground (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
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1. David (Michelangelo) (Wikipedia). David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, created in marble between 1501 and 1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo. David was originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, but was instead placed in a public square, outside the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of civic government in Florence, in the Piazza della Signoria, where it was unveiled on 8 September, 1504. (Submitted on February 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Magnificence in Marble: David c.1963 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 18, 2013
2. Magnificence in Marble: David c.1963 Marker
(David sculpture is in alcove behind marker)
 

2. Replicas of Michelangelo's David (Wikipedia). There are many full-sized replicas of the statue around the world, perhaps the most prominent being the one in the original's position in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, placed there in 1910. The original sculpture was moved indoors in 1873 to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, where it attracts many visitors. In 1965, David Sollazzini and Sons of Florence, Italy created a Carrara marble replica for the Palace of Living Art at the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, California. The marble used for this replica was taken from Michelangelo's own quarry near Pietrasanta. This replica was later sold to Ripley Entertainment for the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in St. Augustine, Florida. (Submitted on February 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
David Sculpture Replica image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, February 23, 2011
3. David Sculpture Replica
David Sculpture Replica image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 18, 2013
4. David Sculpture Replica
Sollazzini & Sons’ <i>David</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, December 18, 2013
5. Sollazzini & Sons’ David Marker
(mounted on base of David sculpture)
Sculptured by the Sollazzini & Sons’ Studios of Florence, Italy, this replica of Michelangelo’s famous David is one of only two copies in the world carved to the exact specifications as the original — 17' high and weighing 10 tons — and from one solid piece of Carrara marble excavated from the exact same quarry — Fantiscritti, in Miseglia, Tuscany — as Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

Made in 1963 for the World’s Fair in New York City, it was moved to Buena Park, California in 1965 where it stood for 42 years.

Acquired by Ripley’s in May of 2007, it was erected on this spot on October 1, 2007.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,044 times since then and 168 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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