Home of David
Galleria dell Accademia in Florence is one of the most famous galleries in the world. Renowned for its incredible sculptures of Michelangelo, in particular the statue of David within the Tribune, it also hosts great works by Italian artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and del Sarto.
Part of the Medici collection
Many of the artworks were part of the Medici family collection which were donated to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany so that the incredible art could be enjoyed by the visiting public.
A few words about David
This is same David from the battle between David and Goliath, from the first book of Samuel. Michelangelo's interpretation of David runs counter to tradition. David has typically been portrayed in poses after his victory over Goliath. Michelangelo on the other hand, chose to portray David before the battle.
- Human, yet confident
Michelangelo's David is human in his tension before the battle, he is full of concentration, alert and tense, yet relaxed and confident in a classical pose known as contrapposto.
- David, the sculpture
The weight of David is supported by one leg, the other forward. The hips and shoulders are diagonal to each other and the torso is curved.
- Allusion to cleverness
The almost hidden-from-view slingshot slingshot over David's shoulder alludes to his cleverness that prevailed over the brute force of Goliath.
- David, the Renaissance man?
Michelangelo's approach to David is full of self confidence and assurance, along with concentration. And many experts feel that in David, Michelangelo represents the perfection of the 'thinking, Renaissance man'
Key HighlightsMichelangelo's breathtaking and world famous David, is here. Also see art by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and del Sarto. The Museum of Musical Instruments here has original instruments by Stradivari and Cristofori, the inventor of the piano.
Michelangelo's David at the Accademia is like Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre. It is the big reason for the hordes of visitors. The Accademia also houses Michelangelo's unfinished 'slaves' and Giambologna’s 'Rape of the Sabines'.
Why is David so famous? Read on to find out more about Michelangelo's unique depiction of David.