Galleria dell'Accademia

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Andy99 Andy99
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Meeting the real Michelangeolo's David Sep 30, 2012
The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence is home to Michelangelo's sculpture of David. It is a must-see museum for visitors to Florence. I've seen reproductions of David from Forest Lawn in Glendale, California, to the ones in Florence. But there is nothing like actually viewing the real thing. The figure appears to be caught in a moment of time, David taking the measure of Goliath. Even though the statue was to have been set high up in the Duomo, Michelangelo did not comprise on detail. Perfection carved from a single block of imperfect marble.

David was on display in the Piazza della Signoria from 1504 until he was moved indoors into his own rotunda in 1873.

David is certainly the centerpiece of the collection. But leading to it are Michelangelo's four unfinished sculptures. They are dramatic as they are. Don't overlook them. The figures appear to be struggling to emerge from the marble, and Michelangelo said his work was to reveal what was already in a block. An unfinished Pieta displayed with them may not be by Michelangelo but the work of a contemporary. Nevertheless, it is very powerful and appears very modern, like an abstract sculpture.

The museum is operated in association withe Uffizi Gallery and the gift shop stocks item from both the Galleria dell'Accademia and the Uffizi. Shop here to avoid crowds at the Uffizi

Photography is not permitted. There can be a long queue, arrive early in the morning.

Part of the Historic Centre of Florence UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Andy99 says:
I would take photos without flash were photography permitted. It may have to do with potential commercial use of the images or with crowd control, but it is the house rule and should be respected.
Posted on: Dec 02, 2012
rsvpme says:
Shame about the photography.....wonder how a flash hurts marble ?
Posted on: Dec 02, 2012
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Vipin Vipin
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David lives here Oct 13, 2010
While the name might not ring a bell to most people, its contents most certainly will. This art gallery is home to Michelangelo’s David. After seeing the sculpture, Vasari commented that the artist’s work was the best of the Renaissance. Michelangelo was also referred to as the divine one during his lifetime.

Such praise is not excessive after you see David. There’s just something so special about the statue that you just stare at it constantly. I did get some cheeky shots, but photographs are banned. If you try to take some too, be very discrete!

The queues were 1-2 hours long. I went at midday, but other people I met said they had to face a similar length queue at other times of the day.

The other art is very impressive indeed, with many pictures of Madonna and Christ as well as very good exhibitions. However, after seeing David, everything else disappears into insignificance. Essential viewing.
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