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
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