Michelangelo’s David Statue│This famous work of art was created by Michelangelo, a famous Italian artist. This marble statue is 5.17 meters (17 feet) tall. The statue represents the Biblical hero David – This young man was the most common subject in Renaissance art, particularly in Florence. Originally undertaken as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was placed instead in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, where it was unveiled on 8 September 1504. The statue was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, in 1873, and later replaced at the original location by a replica.
This was our final stop on our explorations around Florence, Italy. We had enjoyed a wonderful day of wandering around, sightseeing, and enjoying everything that Florence had to offer. It was Justin who insisted on us visiting this museum late on the evening of our last night in Florence. Even though museums were not high up on our agenda for this Europe Road Trip, we decided to jump on this opportunity to see this well-known and adored masterpiece by Michelangelo. Even though Justin was excited, I was slightly indifferent. I didn’t mind if we saw or or we didn’t. It was therefore ironic that after we arrived at the Palazzo della Signoria and stood before David, I was the one that didn’t want to leave…
Above, The Holy Trinity. c.1460
From the Church of San Pancrazio in Florence
When we came to the corridor that led to the statue of David, I must say, I was quite impressed and intrigued. However, I no where near as impressed as I was when we walked down the corridor and stood right beneath this exquisite marble structure. As most of you know, I am creative and I love to design and make things. I have seen many marble statues, but this one just BLEW MY MIND. It is not really something that can explained – you have to see it for yourself to understand. The sheer magnitude and incredible detail of this statue give you a newfound respect for this piece of work by Michelangelo.
“It has always been a subject of debate among scholars whether David is represented before or after his victory over Goliath, His sling is also barely visible as though to emphasis how David owed his victory not to brutal force, but to his intellect and to his innocence. As soon as it was place in front of Palazzo Vecchio, the statue became a symbol of liberty and of civiv pride for the Florentine Republic. Surrounded by hostile enemies, the city identified itself with the young hero who, with the help of God, had defeated a much more powerful foe.” ~ Taken from a plaque next to the statue of David in the Galleria dell’Accademia.
We strolled around the other parts of the Galleria dell’Accademia and looked at many more marble statues. There were only a handful of people in the museum, so we felt blessed to have gone when we did. It was quiet and peaceful in there. If this was the only museum that we saw while in Europe, I knew that I would be VERY PLEASED with this tranquil experience. This statue of David is nothing short of incredible! A definite MUST-SEE for Florence.
Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Monday)
Entrance Fee: €8,00 (full price)/ €4,00 (Reduced price)
From July – September the gallery is open until 10pm
No large backpacks allowed inside.
No flash photography!