Member Rating 4 out of 5 by dglawless on June 25, 2001

How many times have I seen a replica statue of Michelangelo’s David? I have heard about it, seen pictures of it, and knew it would be great but nothing could have prepared me for the most incredible art experience of my life.

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.

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Florence, Italy
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