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December 15, 2008
From journal A Day and a Half in Florence
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
August 10, 2008
From journal Florence, Birth-Place of the Renaissance
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
Cary, North Carolina
July 1, 2004
From journal Florence - Do they love their naked statues!
Little Rock,, Arkansas
December 5, 2000
From journal The heart of Tuscany
June 30, 2001
There are lots of other great artworks to see here as well. Don't miss Michelangelo's prisoners, unfinished sculptures whose figures Michelangelo believed he was "freeing" from the stone, thus the name. The original plaster of The Rape of the Sabine Women is also here. ~~~~
The Accademia is closed on Mondays, and I believe you need a reservation to buy tickets. However, check with your concierge or call 2388609 to confirm this.
From journal FLORENCE
June 25, 2001
You walk into the main entrance of the museum and then see the signs pointing your way to David, as though you are going to a party for a friend. As you walk through the door to your left you turn a corner and at the end of a long hall is David standing in a domed round room built just for him. It actually was so stunning that when I saw it I had to just stop and stare. It was the most magnificent piece of sculpture that I had ever seen. It was truly a very emotional experience. I was stunned by what I saw and stunned by my reaction.
We were fortunate to be there right before they outlawed taking photographs. I couldn’t help but take picture after picture. I don’t know why that was so important to me since I had seen so many pictures and knew that they would not capture the magnificence of this piece. I think I was just desperate to capture the moment and I have enjoyed looking at them over and over again.
Seeing the David is worth a trip to Florence if you see nothing else while you are there. There were other very interesting pieces in the museum including the slaves along the wall and other sculptures but I was so awed by David I really couldn’t take it in.
From journal My Favorite City in Italy
by Mary Louisa
May 16, 2001
From journal Florence for Romance
Williams Lake, British Columbia
September 17, 2000
From journal Three days in Florence
December 6, 2000
David is pretty impressive, and much larger than you might expect. It's a little funny looking at him up close in that his hands look enormous and disproportionate. Michaelangelo's statue tited Slaves is also on display at the Accademia, and it is a beautiful work that evokes a sense of movement from its quite still marble.
The other works on display are pretty unexciting, though there is a Boticelli of Madonna and Child. If there is a huge crowd outside, try coming back later and to lessen the frustration fo what may turn out to be a pretty quick visit to the Accademia.
From journal Italy: Living in Firenze