The story of David is a long and complicated one! The statue was originally commissioned as part of a series of 12 statues by Donatello, intended to sit on the buttresses of Florence Cathedral. Two figures were made out of terracotta between 1410 and 1463 before Agostino di Duccio was commissioned to sculpt a statue of David out of marble. Marble was sourced from Carrara and brought to Florence at great expense, and Agostino began to roughly shape the torso, legs, and feet before the project was called to a halt, possibly due to the death of Donatello. Ten years later, Antonio Rossellino was ordered to take up the project, but he didn’t make much progress before abandoning the sculpture. The marble sat unused for 26 years in the cathedral workshop, sustaining damage from the elements, before the authorities decided they would search for someone who could complete the work. Several artists were consulted, including Leonardo da Vinci, but Michelangelo was eventually awarded the contract. He worked on the piece for over two years, creating the 6-ton masterpiece you can see today. It quickly became obvious that there was no way to put such a huge and heavy statue on the cathedral roof and, after much debate, David was placed next to the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s town hall. It stood there from June 1504 until 1873, when it was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia in order to protect it from damage. A replica of the statue can still be seen outside the Palazzo Vecchio, so you can visit that as well to get an idea of how David would have looked in its original location.