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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cierra los lunes.
Precio: 10 euros.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have not read The Agony and the Ecstacy, then I strongly recommend the book by Irving Stone--terrific. Then go to the Accademia to see David and walk over to the house where Michelangelo lived, Casa Buonarroti . Reading the book will make it all so much more real and exciting.
10 euros gets you into the museum. After a modest entrance, the second room house's the David! take a quick pic from here, and make sure it's a good shot, because by the time you take the second, the lady 'guard' claps her hands!!! "no camera's!!" i tried to sneak in another but it almost got me thrown out.
note: there is the entrance doors...and then the exit doors...lets just say you can get in easily...without paying...
also, there is literally no line after 3:00pm
A visit to the Accademia is a must. A lot of people only go there to see the statue of David, but there is a lot more to see, inside the Accademia, and around that area. One of the places you should visit is the S. Marco church, located at the square with the same name, and also, right next to S. Marco, the oldest orphanage in europe, and the lovely square in front of the building.
This Gallery is small but contains some of the greatest pieces that Michelangelo ever created. We were blown away by David as well as the unfinished sculptures by Michelangelo that line the hall going towards David. The gallery did a wonderful job in displaying David so that you could really take in the beauty of it.
The downside is that no photos are allowed (unless you sneak one like we did).
Be sure you reserve your tickets in advance-very easy to do just call the number and you will get a live person who will give you a time slot for the day you want to attend. You do not have to pay until you get there, it costs about 13 Euro per ticket (includes a 3 Euro reservation fee).
This was a great stop and of course the must-see part about this museum is Michaelangelo's famous statue of David. Unfortunately, I don't know how much it was to get in because I think the tickets were included in our tour package but it can't be very expensive. Probably about the same or cheaper as going up inside the Duomo.