Have you ever wondered why the Michelangelo's David is so famous? What makes it so special? Why his hands are oversized or why is he naked? Well, a good presentation will answer all your questions: join a guided tour!
What you will feel standing in front of David is indeed very personal but to really understand how extraordinary it is, you need someone that highlights to you a series of fundamental details. The guide will share with you all we know about it: from the marble block's history, to the polishing techniques. Before that, looking at the unfinished works (the Four Slaves and the Pietà) you will realize how important is to try to understand a little bit the Michelangelo's philosophy, his pessimism and inner torment.
David is so familiar, we can see reproductions and pictures everywhere but see it in person... listening to a guide's commentary... well, it's totally different! After this tour, you will never look at a marble statue in the same way.
The Tour will last 1 hour and 30 min., and will give you an high quality and entertaining introduction to these masterpieces of Florence!
Please note : the Tour is conducted only in English
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
On Wednesday and Sunday
12,30 or 1,00 pm
1 hour and 30 minutes
15 minutes before the starting time, you'll meet the guide that will give you entrance tickets in front to the entrance.
Local guide officially authorized.
Whisper System (included only for groups over 10 persons).
Located in the heart of Florence, is one of the most visited museums in the city because it houses an important collection of works by Michelangelo between which stands the David, exposed in the spectacular tribune specifically created.
In 1784, using the environments of the San Matteo Hospital and of the Convent of St. Nicholas of Cafaggio, the Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine created the Academy of Fine Arts; along this, it was also founded the Accademia Gallery, a museum created to accommodate works of art for the training of the artists. During the course of centuries, it was modified several times to become the current museum mainly dedicated to Michelangelo.
In addition to the core of the original works, new acquisitions of old paintings took place during the eighteenth century after the abolition of churches and convents implemented by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo, and in 1810 by Napoleon; in 1872 was transferred here the David by Michelangelo from Signoria Square to an environment of the gallery called the Tribune. In 1906 was transferred also the San Matteo and in 1909 the four sculptures of the Slaves coming from the Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Garden. Inside there is also a collection of plaster by Lorenzo Bartolini, and a section dedicated to the ancient musical instruments; very remarkable are also some paintings on wood by Florentine artists from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, and the group of Russian icons.
Paintings by Taddeo Gaddi, Bernardo Daddi, Pacino di Bonaguida, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Andrea Orcagna, Lorenzo Monaco, Giovanni da Milano, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo, Lo Scheggia, Filippino Lippi, Fra’ Bartolomeo, Agnolo Bronzino, Alessandro Allori, Santi di Tito.