I Understand What All the Fuss is About!
Michelangelo’s David is often considered the world’s greatest sculpture. While we enjoy art and love beautiful things, we are not art connoisseurs. Frequenting museums is not a normal part of our routine. During our holiday in Florence, Italy, though, we knew that we could not miss the opportunity to see David. All that I can say is “WOW!”
Galleria dell’ Accademia
The Accademia is the gallery that houses Michelangelo’s David. While there are some interesting works of art in the Accademia, it is really all about David. Five unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, Four Prisoners and Saint Matthew, reside here. The walls are covered with renaissance paintings from local artists.
Entering the main room of the gallery, David stands majestically at the far end of the room. Carved out of a single slab of marble from the years 1501 – 1504, David is awe inspiring. With his sling resting over his shoulder, David awaits battle with the giant Goliath.
At a distance, David is huge and beautiful. His focus and determination are palpable from his eyes. Once viewed up close, I was astounded by the detail. Michelangelo’s attention to anatomy amazes. Tendons, muscles, and veins bring David to life. How could one man make something this perfect; not one chip too little or too much? Brilliant.
Originally, Michelangelo’s David was intended to adorn the high eaves of the Duomo. Once completed, city leaders including Da Vinci and Botticelli changed their mind. David deserved a more prominent position. They placed the sculpture in the Piazza della Signoria.
In 1873, David moved to the Galleria dell’ Accademia to protect from further weathering and damage. He has remained here ever since.
Other Davids in Florence
A bronze cast of David can be admired at the Piazzale Michelangelo. Here, you can also get the best views of Florence. Since 1903, the Piazza della Signoria has been home to another copy of David in its intended position. While these are great. They do not take the place of the original.
When you visit Florence, Italy, do not miss the opportunity to admire the world’s greatest sculpture, Michelangelo’s David.