Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

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Via Bettino Ricasoli, 60, 50122 Firenze, Italy +39 055 294883

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    Masterpiece

    by tafurojo Updated Dec 27, 2003

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    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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    The Giant

    by jag17 Written Oct 5, 2004

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    Michelangelo was 29 years old when he started work on this 17' slab of marble. The result of his work..."David". It was unveiled in 1504, and is considered the world's most famous sculpture. It takes your breath away as you round the corner and see it for the first time.

    The museum is closed on Mondays, and you can expect long lines.

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    by roamer61 Written May 8, 2009

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    This important museum in Florence holds a wealth of art. But what draw the hordes is a giant nude statue carved out of a used black of carrara marble. The giant nude statue is none other than David, carved by Michelangelo Buonoratti. Carved between 1501 and 1507 and standing 17 feet tall, it is the quintessential rennaisance masterpiece. No other statue from that era is as readily recognized. It is perfection. And, anyone with an interest in art, art history or the Rennaisance must see it in person.

    As lines can be long to get in, it is highly advisable to book tickets in advance. Though David is the star attraction. Michelangelos unfinished Slaves are here as well. Photography is not permitted, but some people do manage to sneak a shot. I am one of them, lol.

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    Don't let the lines scare you...

    by jglsongs Written Jan 9, 2004

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    The world wants to see David in the flesh..er, stone. The lines to get into the Galleria dell'Accademia can be horrendous - but they DO move quickly.

    Personally, I've found going in mid-to-late afternoon a good time; first thing in the morning seems to be one of the busiest, since a lot of tour groups go there first since they "assume" it won't take that long.

    You can spend a couple of hours there - and the room adjacent to David is also magnificent, though your neck might hurt a little from trying to make out the top tier of sculptures.

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    by stephenshephard Written Oct 15, 2003

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    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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    "Releasing prisoners"

    by rexvaughan Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    This is one of several unfinished Michelangelo sculptures in the Galleria dell' Accademia. They are called "the prisoners" due to Michelangelo's contention that the figures he sculpted were imprisoned in the stone and it was his job to release them. They are moving works and not to be missed when you go here to see David. What is interesting is that the figures do indeed appear to be emerging from the stone.

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    by Willettsworld Updated Jul 12, 2005

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    The academy of fine arts, founded in 1563, was the first school established in Europe specifically to teach the techniques of drawing, painting and sculpture. The art collection displayed here was formed in 1784 to provide students with material to study and copy.

    The most famous work is Michelangelo's "David" (1504), a colossal 5.2m (17ft) nude of the biblical hero who killed the giant Goliath. The scultpure was commissioned by the city for Piazza della Signoria, but it was moved to the Accademia for safe-keeping in 1873. A copy now stands in its original position and a second is on Piazzale Michelangelo.

    Michelangelo's other masterpieces here include the "Quattro Prigioni" (the Four Prisioners), sculpted between 1521 and 1523. The Accademia also contains an important collection of paintings by 15th-16th century Florentine artists such as Filippino Lippi, Fra Batolomeo, Bronzino and Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio.

    Unfortunately, photo's are not allowed inside but many people (including myself) take a chance of taking a quick pic of David.

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    Well trained, David

    by m-joy Written May 10, 2004

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    We came here to admire Michelangelo's David-statue. How he modelled his well trained ass, every single muscle, even the veins is just amazing. Moreover you can find several unfinished sculptures, for example the "slaves" which are impressing as well.

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    by nicolettart Written Jun 13, 2003

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    I found that if you go first thing in the morning, the lines may be too long, especially in the summer months. Instead I returned in the early afternoon and....no line.. at all! Regardless, you must go. Among the museum's masterpieces Michelangelo's David, his unfinished Slave sculptures, and upstairs there are beautiful icon paintings, not to be missed.

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    Admire a masterpiece

    by Herkbert Updated Jun 8, 2008

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    Being naive, I thought that the Accademia was basically just a gallery that housed the statue of David; David is the main attraction, but there is much more. There are other unfinished pieces by Michaelangelo - (The Prisoners), there are paintings and even a section of musical instruments.

    Take your time and stroll through the museum. There are some truly lovely paintings to see, then check out the musical instruments. It was interesting to see a Stradivarius close up, especially since recent news reports told of a musician who had misplaced his. Then follow the path of visitors and head to see Michaelangelo's works. As soon as you enter the hall, you can see David down way, but look at the others too. As you move closer, David becomes even more imposing a figure.

    The statue itself is around 14 ft tall. It was carved out of a single block of marble, one that had been cast aside by other sculptors as unworkable. The details are incredible. From the look on his face to the veins in his hands, you know you aren't looking at just another sculpture. It is said that Michaelangelo prayed before he started, and it does seem that his prayers were answered.

    You're not supposed to take pictures, but everyone was trying to sneak one in while the director was occupied.

    Admission was Euro 6,50 and if you pre-book reservations, it's another Euro 4,00.

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    David and Academia

    by lina112 Updated Nov 17, 2008

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    Founded in 1784 by the will of the Grand Duke Leopoldo of Lorena, the Galleria dell'Accademia had the goal to host a collection of antique and modern paintings and sculptures to make it easier for the students of the nearby Academy of Beau Arts to know and study them. Through time the Galleria became famous for its collection of the sculptures by Michelangelo and is enriched by the masterpieces of painting and sculpture by famous and less famous that have transformed Florence into one of the most important capitals of art. Without doubt the main atraction is Michelangelo masterpiece Il David, the sculpture was moved from Piazza della Signoria in 1873 to protect from damage. A replica was placed in the Piazza della Signoria in 1910.

    Open 8.15am-6.50pm.
    Closed on Mon.
    Admission: 10 euros.

    Fundada en 1784 por el gran duque Leopoldo de Lorena, la galeria de la academia tuvo como finalidad ser la anfitriona de las pinturas modernas y esculturas para facilitar a los estudiantes de la academia de bellas artes su estudio. A través de los años la galeria llegó a ser famosa por sus colecciones de esculturas de Michelangelo y por obras maestras de pintura y esculturas menos famosas pero que transformaron Florencia en una de las capitales de arte mas importante. Sin duda la principal atracción de la galeria es el famoso David de Michelangelo, el cual llevaron a la academia en 1873 procedente de la plaza de la señora para protegerlo de daños. Una replica fue puesta en la plaza de la señora en 1910.

    Horario: 8.15am-6.50pm.
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    Precio: 10 euros.

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    Galleria dell'Accademia - David

    by Frisbeeace Updated May 28, 2003

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    What can I say? The David is worth the visit to Florence by itself. There is little to see at the Museum apart from this incredible piece of art.

    The high point of Michelangelo's early style is the gigantic (4.34 m/14.24 ft) marble David which he produced between 1501 and 1504. The Old Testament hero is depicted by Michelangelo as a lithe nude youth, muscular and alert, looking off into the distance as if sizing up the enemy Goliath, whom he has not yet encountered. David, Michelangelo's most famous sculpture, became the symbol of Florence and originally was placed in the Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Florentine town hall.

    We made reservations in advance at www.weekendafirenze.com. However, we later found out that it is really not necessary to do so since the line is usually short. We spent Euro 6.79 per reservation which does not include the museum tickets!

    Museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday 8:15 - 18:50.

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    by SullyBiz Updated May 9, 2012

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    First of all, get a reservation. I didn't even wait in line 2 minutes. I just walked right in past a very large line of those without reservations. Personally I feel it was worth paying a little extra to get more free time during the day.

    Secondly, I would recommend skipping the audio guide. I found it to be a waste of 4 euro and time. There were little blurbs written below all of the paintings and you can eaves drop a bit while tours are talking about the David. Plus, while trying to listen to an awful narrator, I found I wasn't actually paying attention to and appreciating the actual art. So I gave up on it very quickly.

    For reservations I went through www.weekendafirenze.com.

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    The David

    by Brehone Updated Jun 14, 2004

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    If you decide that you'd like to see the Statue of David I recommend that you wait until the end of the day. In the morning the lines are very long and it can be quite a chore to just get in. However, we went late in the afternoon and easily purchased tickets for right away. You can also purchase tickets in advance if you would like to plan ahead a certain time, etc. Tickets can usually be purchased at your hotel (for an additional fee) or at the museum.

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    David's home

    by MJB123 Written Dec 29, 2004

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    I posted a picture of a statue of Michaelangelo because they didn't allow photos at the Acedemia either. Going to Florence without seeing David is like visiting Rome without seeing the Coloseum.
    Oh, and there are other works of art in this museaum too. A shame they are forgotten by the celebrity of David.

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