False - Michelangelo created David between 1501 and 1504. Interestingly, Leonardo da Vinci was part of the committee which was formed in 1504 to decide where to site the statue. Originally it was going to be placed on one of the buttresses on the roof of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral); however, around the time of its completion the authorities were forced to acknowledge that there was no way it could be raised to that height (weighing as it does around six tonnes). After months of debating the committee finally decided that David would be placed in front of the town hall of Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio. After a four day procession (during which David was carried through the city inside a wooden cage running on greased beams) the statue was finally placed in this spot, its powerful glare facing Rome. A replica of the statue is still on display outside Palazzo Vecchio (the original is in Accademia di Belle Arti).