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With this sculpture, Antonin Mercié ambition was to renew the representation of this biblical episode recounting the victory of the young shepherd in his duel against the giant Goliath. To this end, he placed himself in the tradition of the great bronze sculptors of the Florentine Renaissance, notably Donatello and Verrocchio. The work is considered one of Mercié's most important pieces and is known for its realism and attention to detail. The statue may have been inspired by Michelangelo's famous marble statue of David, but it has a unique style that sets it apart.


Marius Jean Antonin Mercié (1845-1916), was a French sculptor, medallist and painter. Mercié was appointed Professor of Drawing and Sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts, and was elected a member of the Académie française in 1891, after being awarded the biennial prize of the Institute of 800 in 1887. He was subsequently elected to grand officier of the Légion d'honneur, and in 1913 became the president of the Société des artistes français.

Year of creation

1869, XIX century


Musée d'Orsay, France

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Ready-to-hang Framed Poster with museum-quality paper.
- 250 gsm / 110 lb matte (uncoated) archival paper
- Thickness: 20-25 mm /0.79"–0.98" and for the USA market thickness is 1.9 cm/0.75"
- Paper color: off-white
- Shatterproof, transparent plexiglass.
- Includes a hanging kit, to hang in both portrait and landscape orientations.
- For indoor use
- Ready-to-hang, poster is placed within the frame. You can hang it directly on the wall.

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