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December 15, 2008
From journal A Day and a Half in Florence
December 12, 2008
From journal Florence and Orvieto, Italy
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
August 10, 2008
From journal Florence, Birth-Place of the Renaissance
by Ghost Train Rider
May 23, 2006
From journal Florence - I'm Forever a Fan!
January 3, 2006
From journal Firenze Frenzy
December 30, 2005
From journal A Day in Florence
by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
August 26, 2005
In 1784, Pietro Leopoldo, the Grand Duke of Lorraine commissioned this museum by decreeing that all drawing schools in Florence were to be united into a single Academy containing a gallery of art works by old masters to help the studies of young artists. When we enter, we first see Giambologna’s original plaster model for the Rape of the Sabines located at the Loggia dei Lanzi. It also contains a number of 16th century works including some by Filippo Lippi.
Next we reach the Galleria dei Prigioni, a corridor containing a series of incomplete sculptures by Michelangelo. The most famous of these, the "Prisoners," is an extremely powerful piece in which the figures appear to be trying to emerge from the stone. Maybe it’s better unfinished.
At the end of the hall stands "David" in a specially designed room, built for it when it was moved here from the Piazza Del Signorina in 1873 after spending over 350 years subjected to the elements. I have never seen a statue that impresses me as much as Michelangelo's "David" does. It was commissioned in 1501; when the 26 year old Michelangelo was paid 400 scudi and given a leftover block of marble that a number of other artists had unsuccessfully tried to work on to create a sculpture to celebrate the glory of Florence.
In December, experts were cleaning the statue and the scaffolding was intrusive Today there is no scaffolding and I sit for over 30 minutes just looking at "David." How did Michelangelo create such a masterpiece at such a young age, especially one that so broke with the past? The statue illustrates the power of the young David as he prepares to battle the mighty Goliath. This is not only the greatest statue of the renaissance; it may be the greatest sculpture of all time.
There is one extremely interesting side exhibit in which you can view the statue in virtual reality from any angle you wish, even from above. The two wings next to "David" contain some very beautiful 16th century paintings including a couple by Botticelli. The far room on the left contains a large collection of plaster casts by 19th century Tuscan artists that palls quickly since they are all copies of other works. There are two rooms of interesting medieval art and religious artifacts including the "Tree of Life" on the way towards the exit. The problem is that all is overwhelmed by the power of "David."
The Accademia closes on Mondays. The entrance fee is steep but worth it. No picture taking.
From journal Fabulous, Fantastic Florence
Saint Paul, Minnesota
June 22, 2005
The rest of the museum is fairly typical. It's nothing to sneeze at, but nothing in the rest of the Galleria even compares to David.
The only downfall when I visited was one of the museum guards. She was walking around yelling "No cameras! Do not take pictures!"
From journal Florence: European Art and History Paradise
México City, Alabama
October 11, 2004
From journal Cultural Firenze
Vancouver, British Columbia
October 9, 2004
From journal Renaissance Italy