David tendant la fronde

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David holding out the slingshot - Garden of the Saint Loup Museum

Based on a plaster model made in 1842 at Villa Médicis by Jean-Marie Bienaimé Bonnassieux, a sculptor of Lyon origin, the statue of David was made in 1877 in bronze by the founder Gruet.

David is about to throw, with his slingshot, the stone that will kill the giant Goliath.
Episode in biblical history representing the symbol of the struggle of the weak against the powerful.

This sculpture was originally located on the Patton roundabout in Troyes. In 1964, following a redevelopment of the latter, it was transferred to the Chevreuse garden.
Damaged during the 1999 storm, it has been restored and brought back to the garden of the Musée St Loup where it is still located today.


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