Galleria dell'Accademia

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  • Day13

    Galleria dell Accademia di Firenze

    September 29, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Have spent a happy few hours with Michelangelo, Bartolini and Stradovari.
    Dont really appreciate all of the religious artwork but definitely appreciate the sculptures and the music. Definitely worth a visit just for David but avoid the queues by pre booking as there was a 2hr queue at 9.30am thia morning.Read more

  • Day7

    Galleria dell'academia

    October 9, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Michelangelo's David, das Kunst Conservatorium und römische Statuen unter einem Dach.
    Die Akademie Gallerie schützt viele Werke.

    Die 5,17 Meter hohe Marmor Statue vom biblischen David mit Steinschleuder, wurde um 1500 vom Künstler Michelangelo Buonarroti aus nur einem Block gehauen.
    Sie stand damals auf dem Piazza Vecchio und wurde als Freiheitsmonument vernommen.

    Cyparissus ist eine Statue von Francesco Pozzi. Sie zeigt Cyparissus mit seinem toten "Haustier", einem Hirsch. Apollo, der in Cyparissus verliebt war, verwandelte den Hirsch in eine Zypresse, um sein Leben zu retten.
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  • Day25

    Galleria dell' Accademia, Florence

    September 23, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    First up for our first day in Florence was our booked visit to Galleria dell’ Accademia to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. We missed seeing this last time on our way to Pisa as I was unaware we had to pre-book our time slot and we missed out. This time I booked well in advance.

    I think due to it being towards the end of the tourist season, there wasn’t a massive crowd and we were able to see David up close and personal. Everyone has heard about the Statue of David and to see it up close was amazing. It is so hard to fathom how it was sculptured from one piece of marble. At 5.17 metres high, it is an imposing figure that took Michelangelo over two years to sculpt.

    The history of the statue is very interesting as I was unaware the statue had been originally started by another Italian sculptor in 1463. The Statue of David was to be part of a commission for a series of twelve large Old Testament sculptures for the buttresses of the Cathedral. In 1410 Donatello made the first statue, a figure of Joshua in terracotta and Agostino made a figure of Hercules, also in terracotta in 1463. He then began the statue of David in 1464 and was provided with a block of Carrara marble. He only got as far as beginning to shape the legs, feet and torso and roughing out some drapery. For unknown reasons his association with the project ceased in 1466. Ten years later Antonio Rossellino was commissioned to take up where Agostino had left off, but his contract was terminated soon after.

    The block of marble remained neglected for 26 years in the yard of the cathedral workshop, exposed to the elements. In 1501, concerned about the cost the block of marble represented, the Opera ordered the block of stone, which they called The Giant, to be raised on its feet so that a master experienced in this kind of work might examine it and express an opinion and interest to complete it. Even though Leonardo da Vinic and others were consulted, Michelangelo, at 26 years of age, convinced the Operai that he deserved the commission. On 16 August 1501 he was given the official contract and he began carving on 13 September. This amazing statue was finally completed in 1504.

    David was originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of the Florence Cathedral, however due to the sheer size and weight of the statue, it was instead placed in a public square outside the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of the civic government in Florence. The statue was moved to the Galleria dell’ Accademia in 1873 and the later replaced at the original location by a replica.

    The Galleria dell’ Accademia, while best known as the home of the Statue of David, also has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period of the 1300s to the 1600s. It is so hard to fathom that we were admiring works of art that have survived the centuries in such good condition and it still surprised me how graphic some of the pieces are. Art is truly subjective.

    It was a highlight finally seeing the Statue of David. A big tick off the bucket list.
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  • Day2

    Galleria dell’Accademia

    June 26 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    La Galleria accoglie il David di Michelangelo ed espone una vasta collezione di capolavori pittorici, sculture e strumenti musicali. Vale la visita solo per vedere il capolavoro di Michelangelo, imponente, magnifico, sembra respirare da quanto è vero.Read more

  • Day13

    David and Duomo

    January 2, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Today we set out super early for the Accademia. Determined not to repeat the mistakes of the Sistine Chapel, we had tickets for 8:15 am and were at the meeting point 15 minutes ahead of schedule.

    It was fabulous - there were very few people at that time and we had prime position and plenty of time to gaze upon the man himself, David ! The block of marble used for David had been tried and rejected by a few different sculptors as too hard to work with before Michelangelo had a go. Incredible that something so beautiful was created. This time I was really struck by the determination, but trepidation in his eyes.

    We also spent some time with the Medici instruments and the rest of the gallery before joining the long line to go into the Cathedral. Unfortunately tickets to climb the Duomo were sold out for several days, so we had to content ourselves with the view from the inside. Which is beautiful enough !

    After that, it was farewell Florence and back on the train to Rome. I made the booking a little late to all sit together, so Ivy and I sat in one carriage, Russell at the back of the next, while Henry found himself in a foursome with some grandparents and their grandson. Happily, we all made it off at the right stop.
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