David Statue, Florence
The star attraction in Piazza Della Signora before was the famous David Statue Made by Michaelangelo in 1504 as to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence by the Medici Family and was placed in the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio, however, they moved the original in 1873 to the Galleria dell'Accademia to preserve the statue from vandals and from damage and the present replica was placed in 1910.
The Palazzo Vecchio was the main Town Hall of Florence of which it lies along the Piazza Della Signora of which along the entrance sits the Copies of Michaelangelo's David (of which the original was moved to the Accademia in 1870). This Palace . This palace was constructed in 1299 on top of the ancient theater of the Roman colony of Florentia of which the Palace was constructed as a Symbol of the city council and later it became the temporary seat of Power of the Fledgling Italian Republic after the reunification and to 1871 when the capital was moved into Rome. At present , the Palace is home to the present city council and also is a museum of which there are a number of attractions and sections inside the Palace such as the First Courtyard, Second Courtyard, Third Courtyard, Salone dei Cinquecento, Studiolo of Francesco I and various rooms on the second and third floors such as the Stanza delle Mappe geografich, Chapel of the Signoria, The Room of Penelope, The Room of the Sabines, to name a few.
The Palace and museum is open to the public from
April-September: Open every day except for Thursday: 9am - midnight? On Thursdays: 9am - 2pm
October-December: Every day except for Thursday: 9am - 7pm; ?Thursday: 9am-2pm
Museum: 10 euros per person adults (14 euros if with tower entrance)
8 Euros children 6 to 17 (12 euros with tower entrance)
contact number: +39 055 276 8325
The Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David which was transferred here, to the specially designed tribune, from Piazza della Signoria in 1873.
In the adjacent rooms, which were part of two former convents,
important works of art were collected here in the 19th century from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents. We went to visit Il David with my teacher of Art History during my course at Scuola Toscana Florence, an excellent school for language and art. With my teacher Il David became for me something...real. I love him (Il David, not the teacher!).
The holdings comprise mostly religious paintings by major artists working in and around Florence between the mid-13th and the late 16th centuries. The collection is especially important for its gold-ground paintings. In the first floor rooms is a sequence of splendid late-gothic polyptychs, complete in all their parts.
There is also a collection of sculptures in plaster by the 19th-century sculptors Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni, besides a section of Russian icons.
Recently the Gallery has been further enriched by the important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Department of Musical Instruments. Do not forget it, is very interesting. I love Italian culture, Italian language and...Italian people. Mostly Il David, my friend.
I know he is naked but hey, he is a hero! In this time, artists freely celebrated the beauty of the human form and didn’t think about prudeness.
The statue is in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence where it was moved to in 1873 and, as you can see on the pictures, is back at its original location as a replica. It is 5.17 metres high (17 feet). It’s made out of marble and was sculpted by amazing Italian artist Michelangelo between 1501-04.
David’s mysterious eyes are said to be turned towards Rome.
Address: Via Bettino Ricasoli, 60, 50122 Firenze, Italy
David! He seems to be everywhere in Florence. David represents the Florentine people – the little warrior that fights the large giant (other larger city-states, Rome, etc.) and comes up victorious. He’s kind of the mascot of Florence.
Most people come to Florence with the must-see of seeing Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia, which is a good thing – he is absolutely worth the time! But there are other Davids that are worth visiting as well…in fact, David can be found in quite a few places around town.
A visit to the Bargello will get you three Davids to see – two by Donatello and one by Verrocchio:
- Donatello’s earlier marble David stands near his bronze David – both are very different from the other even though they have the same creator. One is clothed, one is not, one is marble, one is bronze, one is life sized, one is not, and the comparisons are endless. You can easily compare them since they stand in the same room nearby each other.
- Verrocchio’s David is typically in the Bargello; however, when we were last in Florence, it was on loan to the Palazzo Pitti for a special exhibition.
No time to wait in line to see the real David by Michelangelo? Then stop by the front of the Palazzo Vecchio (next to the Uffizi Gallery) and see a full size copy of Florence’s most famous statue. This is the location where the real one used to stand; however, it was placed inside to protect is from vandals and weather and a duplicate put in its place. It will give you an idea of what the real one is like.
If you want to see yet another version of this same David, climb to the top of the Piazzale Michelangelo for a gorgeous view of Florence and you will find David overlooking the city.
David is everywhere in the city - take time to find the various ones and compare the different techniques the artists used.
Did that catch your attention?
When my wife and I entered the Piazza Della Signoria I immediately spotted the piazzas Statue of David casting a wonderful shadow on the wall. I quickly grabbed one of my cameras (my camcorder can also take good pictures) and got off a couple of pictures. I figured we only had a few minutes before the sun sank farther below the buildings behind us and David would be completely in the dark.
We didn't have time nor did we want to go inside any of the Florence museums on our 1 day trip so even seeing a replica of the Statue of David in his home city of Florence was a treat.
And seeing him cast in sunlight with his shadow on the wall was a truly unexpected treat and one of those unplanned moments where memories last forever.
Here are the pictures we took on all of our cameras.
Someone had asked if the statue was clean in a forum question. Looking back at these pictures I don't have the original to compare to, but I've seen enough outside statues in our ventures that these did like they had been scrubbed rather recently.
Directions: In the Piazza Della Signoria
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.
Address: Via Ricasoli, 58-60
Phone: 055 238 8609
Michelangelo's David is the symbol of Florence. It was sculpted between 1502 and 1504. The original statue is in the apse of the Academia. No photography is allowed in the Academia. A replica of David stands in front of the main entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio.
The Accademia del Disegno was the first academy of drawing in Europe, and was founded in the middle of the sixteenth century. Twenty years later, courtesy of the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo, the school gained its own nearby gallery, the Galleria dell'Accademia, current home of David.
David was commissioned in 1501 by the Cathedral Works Committee. 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.
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 is David.
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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.
Address: Via Ricasoli 60
You can't come to Florence and not see Michelangelo's David, and we were very lucky with the situation of our hotel.
Halfway between the Accademia and Il Duomo. We wandered up to the Accademia expecting to book for later in the afternoon or at least queue but it was pretty quiet.
There are some wonderful sculptures housed here, four unfinished Michelangelo's entitled The Prisoners or Slaves but there is no doubt about the star attraction here.
David is sited at the end of a gallery at the head of an alcove, you can walk all the way round him and marvel at just how incfredible this sculpture is.
One critic when seeing David for the first time in the 16th century said there was no point to looking at anything else after seeing this piece. I have to say it's very difficult to disagree with him.
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On the train in, we finally pulled out the guide book and read up on Florence, which is when we discovered it is recommended to get reservation to to Accademia, otherwise you face hours in line. Since it was too late to worry about it, we just took our chances. Arriving, we got in the unprepared line and watched the prepared line zip on in. After 1/2 hour, our line had moved 2 inches. We decided we would have to pass on David, and went about exploring Florence. About 4 pm, we were going to give it another try when a torrential rain storm hit, driving everyone under cover of the building eaves. When it finally let up, we waded on down to the Accademia. Lo and behold, not a single person in line, we just waltzed right in. So, if you find yourself in our predicament, try waiting till later.
The main part of the museum has some nice things, but it is the hallway with Michelangelo's works that is truly breathtaking, and I mean that in the respect it took the breath right out of me. The hallway starts off with works he began, never finished, and they are just amazing. I was so taken with them, I didn't even notice the end of the hallway until my daughter said "LOOK!" When I looked to the end of the hall and saw David, I was so amazed, had no idea how massive the statue was.
For some reason, the Italians are very fussy about pictures, same as Sistine Chapel. But I had my daughter along to get a few memories for me. Others were silly enough not to turn off their flashes, so the guards were constantly yelling at them. So, if you want to sneak a picture or two, just remember to turn off your flash!
Address: 39 055 2388-609/612
Phone: 39 055 2388-609/612
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) 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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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.
Address: Via Ricasoli 60
Phone: +39 055 2388-609/612
Positive to be a long queue, David is on everybodys list, and even the least cultured person heard about David. Rest assured though, David's beauty is unparralleled in sculptures. Somehow kept in immaculate condition, as good as the sculptures chisel made the last finishing touch, the smoothness of the finish is amazing, and the form and curvatures is beautiful to see in the form of stone, or whatever its made out of. The portrait of man, in ideal form is awe-inspiring. So anyway, please circle David numerous times fixated on the unity of all the limbs and the roman head that sits on top.
One thing that surprised me is the size. overall david was not a dissappointment.
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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