Galleria dell' Accademia

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by akakd on August 31, 2003

We were fortunate to visit the Galleria dell' Accademia (Academy of Fine Arts), founded in 1563. Dominating the gallery is Michelangelo's colossal "David" at the precise moment he thought, "I can take this guy!" "David" was carved from a discarded block of marble dubbed "the giant"; thus David once more triumphed over the giant. This nude established Michelangelo, then 29, as the foremost sculptor of his time. The statue was moved here from the Palazzo Vecchio to protect it from the elements. Also at the Accademia: Michelangelo's "Quattro Prigioni" or "Four Prisoners," struggling to free themselves from stone--dramatic! (No photos allowed.)
Galleria dell'Accademia
Via Ricasoli 60
Florence, Italy
055 238 8609

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