David Statue, Florence

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    David: Incomparable

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    Originally The Accademia was the world's first art school. But it is best known for being the home of Michelangelo's most famous work and the most famous sculpture in the Western World, David. You will not be disappointed, for David is simply amazing. David stands over 13 feet tall and was sculpted between 1501 and 1504. David is a depiction of the young boy who slew Goliath and is a symbolic commemoration of the start of the republican Florence.

    David is proportionally perfect and the detail by Michelangelo is spectacular. David's muscled calves, ribbed abs, and the veins running through his hands and arms attest to that. Not to mention the rest of him! Sculpture is my favorite art media and David is mesmerizing. Set on a pedestal - about 6 feet tall - David looms over you. Take your time walking around him taking in all the details. David is a MUST SEE in Florence.

    The rest of the museum is also very interesting. There are several other sculptures and very interesting early Renaissance religious art. I particularly liked the plaster sculptures by Pampaloni and Bartolini.

    The pictures here were taken when photography of David was allowed. (They've been scanned so the quality is not as good as my original photos.) Although photographing David is no longer allowed, you will see plenty of people hiding behind the pillars taking pictures.

    I recommend ordering your tickets online to avoid the line to purchase tickets. Even at that, arrive a little before your scheduled time.

    Full Price: € 6,50
    Reduced: € 3,25

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 8:15 a.m. - 6:50 p.m., closed Monday

    Please note that all visitor information is correct as of this writing.

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    by fishandchips Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    You can find this most famous of statues at the Galleria dell' Accadamia with a copy also at the Piazzale Michelangelo and a few others dotted around Florence. David is 13ft tall and carved out of a single block of white marble. David was commissioned in 1501 by the Cathedral Works Committee (Opera Del Duomo). From a show I saw on the History Channel Michelangelo was given a leftover block of marble that came from the mountains of Carrara which had previously been worked on by other artists. The block had been sitting around for quite some time and the previous chap didn't, in theory, 'have the skill' to do the work. Being so big it was an engineering marvel just getting the block off the mountain and into Michelangelo's work area!

    David was moved to the Accademia in 1873 from outside the Palazzo Vecchio (where a replica now stands) to protect the original from the ravages of time and ruining David's milky complexion. I managed to get my photo while here in 2003.

    To have a look at one of the David's go to the website below which has a 360 degree thingy at Signoria Square

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    The genuine article!

    by Callavetta Written Mar 23, 2005

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    While statues of David can be found in several places in Florence, the real deal is only in one place; the Accademia Museum.

    When Michaelangelo finished this magnificent piece of work, he was really nervous about the reception that he would get. He moved David out to the middle of Piazza Vecchia in the dead of night. In the morning he was delighted to find notes of congratulations and praise affixed to David.

    It was as recent as 1873 that David was moved indoors, to be protected from the elements. A replica stands in the Piazza, adorned with pigeons and pigeon droppings. You will also find more replicas in the big Piazza on the hill (Piazzelli Michaelangelo), along with copies of other of the artists works.

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    Number one sight

    by rexvaughan Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Maybe the most viewed and photographed statue in the world is Michelangelo's David. Now housed in the Accademia Gallery, it was originally done for the Palazzo Vecchio where a copy now stands. The Florentine Republic asked Micheangelo to create a symbol of freedom and this was his response. It is a beautiful young David with an "I can handle anything" expression on his face. "Bring on the Giant!"

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    If you are looking for David...

    by dvideira Updated May 28, 2004

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    palazzo vecchio entrance - florence

    ... You have just found more scaffolding and this is just a copy of the famous David by Michelangelo, situated at the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio ( where for almost four centuries the original statue had represented the power and dignity of the Florentine Republic ),

    The original you will find at the Accademia Gallery where it has been since 1873 for reasons of conservation.

    Galleria dell'Accademia
    Via Ricasoli 60
    open 8:15am-6:50pm Tues-Sun (Last admission thirty mins before closing); closed Mon; admission €6.50

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    by mallyak Written Aug 31, 2008

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    David, sculpted from 1501 to 1504, is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of Michelangelo's two greatest works of sculpture, along with the Pietà. It is the statue of the young Israelite king David alone that almost certainly is one of the most recognizable stone sculptures in the history of art. It has become regarded as a symbol both of strength and youthful human beauty. The 5.17 meter (17 ft)[1] marble statue portrays the Biblical King David in the nude, at the moment that he decides to battle with Goliath. It came to symbolize the defense of civic liberties embodied in the Florentine Republic, an independent city state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici themselves. This interpretation was also encouraged by the original setting of the sculpture outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence. The completed sculpture was unveiled on 8 September 1504.

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    Don't miss the paintings

    by christine.j Updated May 10, 2007

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    The statue of david by Michelangelo was one of the must-sees of our Florence trip, so we had prebooked tickets. This turned out to be a very good decision! Even though it was early in the day and we were in Florence in off-season, there was a long waiting line at the entrance of the Accademia!
    With the prebooked tickets we could skip the line and enter immediately.
    I had seen many pictures of David, but seeing this tall statue in reality was truly impressing.Pictures just don't show you how tall he is.
    Don't leave at once after you've seen David, there is more to see in the museum. Especially the upstairs rooms show some beautiful paintings.

    We had booked the tickets online through FlorenceArt, received our voucher per email and just handed it to the clerk at the ticket counter. Very easy and well worth the additional cost.

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    Advanced tickets to Florence's Museo Del l'Accadem

    by RockyDaniels Written Nov 2, 2007

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    If you want to get in to see Michelangelo's David (which you really do),
    you want to purchase advanced tickets. Advanced tickets give you an
    assigned entry time and date; without advanced tickets, you will wait
    until there's space available AFTER the advanced ticket patrons. The day
    we went, we bought our advanced tickets at 11AM for a 1PM entry and then
    went to lunch. When we showed up to enter, an exasperated woman was
    complaining to the guards that they'd been waiting in line for 3 hours to
    get in and the line hadn't moved more than 20' (the line I saw snaked
    around the block and was probably 300 yards long at least). You REALLY do
    want advanced tickets.

    I'm sure this is all covered in great detail by others elsewhere but...
    where do you buy advanced tickets? How we got ours seemed like some kind
    of secret inside knowledge thing but I'm going to spill the beans anyway.
    If you're approaching the Accademia entrance from the direction of the
    river (and the Uffizi, Duomo, Santa Croce...), you'll be walking down a
    narrow street with the entrance on your right. Along the way, there'll be
    street vendors trying to sell prints displayed on the ground. Continue
    past the entrance to the Accademia to the end of the block. You should
    find yourself on one corner of a medium sized piazza/plaza. Diagonally
    across the square is a church. By Florentine standards, it's not much of
    a church. Nothing flambouyant; you have to look carefully to spot the
    church (even though it's not very small) and the big door leading into the
    church. To the right of the big church door is a smaller door. It looks
    like its also a door into the church. If you walk up to that door, it'll
    have a sign over it that suggests it has something to do with a museum but
    no mention of the Accademia. Go on in and, at the ticket window on the
    right, ask to buy advanced tickets for the Accademia. It's easier than
    buying a gelato.

    Good luck.

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    "David" is Everywhere in Florence!

    by GinGinCoo Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    Dan with another copy of David

    You will see several statues of Michelangelo's "David" when you're in Florence, the first one we saw was at this scenic stop on top of the hill, called Piazzelle Michaelangelo, where we can view a great panorama of Florence. The second one is at the Piazza della Signoria. Ofcourse both of these sculptures are just a copy. The original "David" by Michelangelo is at the Galleria dell'Accademia.

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    Where is David?

    by olgaehr Written Jan 9, 2008

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    There are 3 places where David is placed in Florence:

    1. Accademia dell'Arte del Disegno
    This is the real version of it, the statue is mesmerizing and shockingly impressive. It's worth all the hype, walk to the museum, getting lost while looking for it and standing in line to get in.

    2. Piazzale Michelangelo
    Bronze copy of David is placed right in the center of the hill and besides the statue there are just gorgeous views of the city, bridges, cathedrals and Tuscan hills.

    3. Piazza della Signoria
    Yes another copy standing in front of Palazzo Vecchio entrance.

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    the David

    by bpwillet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Protector of Florentine Freedom-

    Moved from its original position in the Piazza della Signoria, Michelangelo's "David" is on display at the Galleria della Accademia. This is one of the best known museums in Florence. Also found in the "Galleria" are Michelangelo's "The four prisoners" and the "Pieta of Palestina". There are also many paintings collected by the Grand Duke Peter Leopold as well as some exhibits of musical instruments.
    It is open Tuesday - Sunday from 8.15 to 18.50 and costs about 6.50Euro.

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  • The early bird catches the...

    by jenrush1 Written Apr 27, 2006

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    The museum housing David opens at 8 in the morning and I can highly recommend getting out of the bed to go at this hour. I queued outside without a reservation and managed to be the first person of the day to stand and stare in awe at himself. It was so calm and the light was great - a real opportunity to experience the best of Florence's art without the tarnish of throngs of tourists!

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    by msbrandysue Written Jun 13, 2008

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    See the real one at the Accademia
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    All I kept hearing about was David...David...David

    But I wasn't ready for what awaited me around that corner.

    It was...moving, amazing, brilliant, etc., etc.

    It's so big...It's so life like. I just ..........

    The Bible came to life for me that day. Not that it hadn't before. But if you grew up hearing the tale of David and Goliath then what awaits you is nothing that I could say, you just have to see it for yourself!

    "David was commissioned in 1501 by the Cathedral Works Committee (Opera Del Duomo). At the age of 26, Michelangelo was given a leftover block of marble that came from the mountains of Carrara, one which had previously been worked on by various other artists. The piece was intended as a monumental work, a testimony to the city's republican pride, not one for close confinement, but was moved to the Accademia in 1873 (from outside the Palazzo Vecchio, where a replica now stands ) to protect it from the ravages of time and the weather.

    Viewed as a gallery piece, David looks odd; his upper body and head are both out of proportion, and out of keeping with the Renaissance obsession with the perfect harmony of form and proportion. However, it's argued that this is yet more evidence of Michelangelo's bravura - not only is David an incredible feat of technical skill, the scale is deliberate, as from the original viewpoint of the viewer the upper body would have been much farther away.

    The gallery is also home to another remarkable work by Michelangelo, the unfinished piece entitled 'Slaves', and there are large picture galleries as well as other works of sculpture to be seen; however, there can be no doubting the true crowd-pleaser, the world famous image of Florence, David. " [Taken from tickitaly.com]

    From their website you can purchase tickets as well as see pictures of the actual statue.

    Pictures/Cameras/Etc are NOT allowed in the gallery so don't even try! You are being watched! But great gift shop for all sorts of David souvenirs!!

    Tuesday-Sunday: 8.15 - 18.50

    Euro 6.50; booking (optional): Euro 3.00;
    50% reduction for 18-25 year olds from the European Union and for regular state teachers.

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    by rita_simoes Written Sep 13, 2007

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    Basically, this museum is worth it only because of the statue of David. Of course this is the opinion of a person who isn't an expert in art and classifies it just by 'it's beautiful'/ 'it's not beautiful', so I'm sure there must be other points of interest.

    David is beautiful!! And for this reason one cannot miss it while in Florence. No pictures allowed - and they are very strict with this, so try your luck from a little bit more far like I did ;-)

    I didn't make ticket reservations and there was no line (I went there in august), but everyone told me it's always pretty crowded so maybe I was just lucky.

    It also has a very nice souvenir shop, with lots of funny and interesting things to buy- I bought all my Florence souvenirs there.

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    Outdoor David

    by SLLiew Written Sep 12, 2006

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    A visit to Florence is not complete without see David - one of Michaelangelo's masterpiece. This outdoor giant replica overlooking the Arno River and city of Florence is the most accessible and full of tour buses. The original marble David is only 13 feet 5 inches and is housed indoor at the Academy and requires queueing time to view.

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