Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

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    Masterpiece

    by tafurojo Updated Dec 27, 2003

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    Michelangelo's David

    The Galleria Dell'Accademia is worth whatever small amount of lira we paid . It was the middle of summer during the tourist season and we didn't wait anymore than 15 minutes to get in and start looking around. It houses Michelangelo's David which is truely a work of art. The amount of time he spent studying the anatomy of the human body and muscle tone really shows. It is the highlight of the museum but there is so much more to see. It is open Tues-Sunday 8:15 - 18:50 and closed on Monday. Cost now is EUR 7.75

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  • Michelangelo's David

    by stephenshephard Written Oct 15, 2003

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    Michelangelo's David

    It is such a famous statue that it should need no introduction, in fact it is probably so familiar from photographs that you might wonder why you should bother to go and see it at all.

    Well, despite (perhaps because of) this supposed familiarity, it comes as quite a shock to see just how striking, how big and commanding the statue really is. Also, being a statue and not a 2D image, you can walk right round and see parts rarely photographed (e.g. David's arse, buns of marble!). It is only by going to have a really close look at how perfectly he is sculpted that you can hope to see what all the fuss is about.

    PS there is a copy of David outside the Palazzo Vecchio, but the original is here.

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    Galleria dell'Accademia

    by margaretvn Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    The original David

    Visit the Galleria dell'Accademia.
    This fine arts academy was founded in 1563 and it was the first school that was established in Europe to teach the techniques of drawing, painting and sculpture.
    The art on display was formed as teaching material. The students copied and studied the art.
    Of course today the most famous work there is the David by Michelangelo.
    Remember though that photography is not allowed in the academy because of copyright, although photos are taken secretly - just keep your eyes open for the security people!!

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    Best museum in Florence

    by boggild Written Aug 12, 2003
    The fantastic David by Michelangelo

    Sorry for not labeling the Uffizi Gallery best museum in Florence, but the Galleria dell'Accademia just impressed me so much more.

    Well, to be honest, it was the statue of David that did the trick. Normally I don't fancy statues very much, but there is just something special about this one.

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    Il Gigante

    by CourtneyLyn Written Aug 4, 2003
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    David. He is incredible. Ever since I read the Agony and the Ecstasy when I was young I have been obsessed with Michelangelo. His passion for marble sculpture bursts from the David. It is one of Florence's most visited sites, but once you are there you will see why.

    The picture shows a replica of the David where it originally stood, out front of the Palazzo Vecchio, before it was moved into the Accademia. I miss my days in Florence where I would call my friends and say "meet me at the David."

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    Home of the Original David

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jul 20, 2003
    Michelangelo's David

    A visit to Florence is never complete without seeing Michelangelo's David at Accademia. This sculpture is very impressive. It is a symbol of Florence. David represents a true Renaissance man with his confident look.

    Admission: 6.50 euros (unfortunately there's no discount for students with an international student ID card)

    Throughout Florence you will find souvenirs of David: from models to postcards. The models are worth buying. The machine-made ones are cheap, usually about 10-20 euros. The hand-crafted ones are expensive.

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    Galleria Della Accademia

    by littlesam1 Written Jan 17, 2003

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    Galleria della Accademia

    This is the gallery where Michaelanglo's David is found. You are not allowed to take any pictures in the gallery. But there are plenty of post cards in the gift shop. The gallery is amazing. There is one section of Michaelanglo's unfinished sculptures. One of the guide books says it looks like the scultpures are trying to pull themselves out of the stone. And when viewing them that is exactly what it looks like. However the statue of David is the crowning piece of art not only in this gallery but in all of Florence. I have seen many pictures of it over the years but nothing prepares you for the beauty and purity of this magnificant work. Of all the art I have seen over the years David is the greatest of all.

    I would advise booking reservations in advance. There are times when the gallery is at capacity and they close the doors to anyone wanting to enter. If you do go without a reservation be prepared to wait in long lines for admission.

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    Accademia

    by AgentJX Written Dec 23, 2002

    Of course everyone comes for the David, but there is much more to see here than just the masterpiece and most famous sculptor in Florence if not anywhere. Housed in a room all by itself Michelangelo’s David can be viewed from every angle, and truly revels how thoroughly Michelangelo mastered sculpture in marble. However in your rush to see the David don’t miss Michelangelo’s Prisoners, intentionally unfinished works. The effect is amazing; it appears as though the people in these sculptures are locked in a struggle to escape from the marble entombing them. Also stop by the vast room that is filled with works by the students of Accademia. There are some great works in here as well, everyone should be able to find something that they can relate too. Also it is a good look into the process of sculpture.

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    GALLERIA DELL´ ACCADEMIA

    by joh28 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This gallery belongs to the first academy of arts in europe: the Accademia di Belle Arti (academy of fine arts), opened up at 1784 for students.
    The statue of David in front of the building is a copy

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    THE GALLERIA dell’ ACCADEMIA

    by wayward_son Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The greatest arrangement for the museum is the unfinished works of Michelangelo that lead the way to his masterpiece, David. Looking at these blocks of marble with the odd shoulder, arm or head gives the visitor a new appreciation of the vision of the artist. It is said that Michelangelo would go pick the blocks himself because he said he could see the figures trying to get out. David was the finest example of realism in art at the time of its creation. The proportions are true to life; all except for David’s over sized right hand, which is religious symbolism for the hand of God. As if David is not enough the Accademia has additional rooms of paintings, including works by Botticelli.

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    Galleria della Accademia

    by Redang Written Oct 8, 2007

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    Galleria della Accademia (Florence, Italy)

    This Museum houses the impressive David, famous sculpture by Michelangelo (apart from many other jewels).

    Book in advance to avoid queues.

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    Accademia

    by kazander Updated May 26, 2004

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    Unfinished work

    not only does the Academia hold Michaelangelo's famous David, but as you approach that famous sculpture, you walk by many of his unfished statues. It's like an "evolution" of Sculpture

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