Galleria dell'Accademia

Undoubtedly, Michelangelo's sculptures, which can be found in Florence, Italy's Galleria dell'Accademia (also known as the Accademia Gallery), are its most well-known exhibits.

Most of the hundreds of visitors the museum welcomes each year are drawn in by the Tribune for its prisoners (or enslaved people), St. Matthew, and, above all, the magnificent statue of David inside the Tribune.

For these magnificent works to be enjoyed by everyone and become a part of the cultural heritage of humanity, the last of the Medici family donated many of the artworks that were commissioned by and included in the collection of the wealthy Medici family to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.


The most famous statue in Florence—and possibly the entire world—David—can Michelangelo's be seen closely:

No other artwork is comparable to it because Michelagnolo finished it with perfect proportion, beauty, and excellence when it was all said and done. This work has taken the crown from all other statues, modern or ancient, Greek or Latin.

Exploring medieval, Renaissance, and 19th-century art in the museum allows one to travel down a variety of artistic and historical paths:

Witness the collections of 16th-century paintings that includes works by artists like Fra' Bartolomeo, Andrea del Sarto, and Pontormo engage with Michelangelo's sculpture from the same era. After that, the great altarpieces from the 16th and 17th centuries show how Florentine painting evolved from Michelangelo's influence to the new spirituality of the Counter-Reformation.

A significant collection of artwork created by 19th-century artists who attended the Accademia di Belle Arti as students or instructors can be found in the Gipsoteca. The Gipsoteca in the imposing Salone dell'Ottocento houses a collection of plaster casts and models created by Lorenzo Bartolini and his pupil Luigi Pampaloni.

Uncover antiquities that have an air of uniqueness:

The most recent section, Museum of Musical Instruments, features old, unique masterpieces by Stradivari and Bartolomeo Cristofori, the piano's creator, who the Medici also hired as pieces made by Stradivari.

Learn about various visual art techniques here from thorough professionals:

The Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze's Education Department provides various cultural activities and educational programs for adults, families, and students.

Every year, special programs are planned for schools, catering to every age group, from entertaining activities for the youngest guests to theatrical events for college students. These programs include an interactive workshop and a tour to learn about the works.

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Address of Galleria dell'Accademia

Via Ricasoli, 58/60, Florence, Italy

Opening & Closing time of Galleria dell'Accademia

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