Galleria dell’ Accademia - Galleria dell’ Accademia information and pictures

Galleria dell’ Accademia (The Academy of Fine Arts) was established in 1563 and was the first of its kind in Europe. In 1784 an art collection was formed to help the students with their work. The Accademia has extensive collection of paintings and sculptures from the 15th and 16th centuries.

The most famous work of art is Michelangelo’s David which is a colossal nude figure - 5.2 m (17ft) of the biblical hero. Michelangelo was commissioned to create the sculpture by the city of Florence for Piazza della Signora in 1504. It was moved to the Accademia in 1873. The sculpture of David is a masterpiece with great details and is a superb example for copying and studying by the art students. Today a copy of the statue stands on Piazza del Signora.

Other works of art in Galleria dell’ Accademia include Michelangelo’s Four Prisoners (1523) Madonna of the Sea by Botticelli (1445-1510), Venus and Cupid by Jacopo Pontorno (1494-1556) and many paintings by Florentine artists including Filippo Lippi, Bronzino and Fra Bartolomeo.

Where is the Galleria dell’ Accademia: Via Ricasoli 60

Opening Hours: Open Daily except Monday from 8:15 AM to 6:50PM

David by Michelangelo in Galleria dell Accademia Florence

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