A must visit attraction in Florence to see Michelangelo's work, in particular his masterpiece David.

Know Before You Go

It goes without saying a trip to the Galleria dell Accademia has to incorporate Michelangelo's statue of David. The attention to detail is incredible, there are many replicas around the world but come here if you want to view the original.
This is a compact museum, you can be done in an hour.
Try and reserve tickets the day before, early in the afternoon the queues seem to be a little lighter.
A guided tour will ensure you don't miss out on any of the history behind the artists.
Children will especially enjoy the Museum of Musical Instruments.

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 Highlights

Michelangelo'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.

Map : Accademia Gallery

Other Florence Top 10 Attractions Near Accademia Gallery are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Accademia Gallery
AttractionDistance
Mercato Centrale0.4 Km
Duomo - Florence Cathedral0.5 Km
Giotto's Bell Tower0.5 Km
Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence1 Km
Uffizi Gallery1 Km
Ponte Vecchio1.1 Km
Pitti Palace1.5 Km
Piazzale Michelangelo1.6 Km
Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte2 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

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