When Michelangelo's huge marble statue of David was unveiled in 1504, it established the sculptor as the leading Florentine artist of the 16th Century. The statue had special political significance. Florence had recently freed itself from the Medici family's rule and had instituted a republican government. David, the boy-hero with his slingshot, personified the liberation of the people from tyranny.
Marble statue of David by Donatello (1408-1409)
One of the highlights of our Florence & Pisa shore excursions is a visit to admire & discuss the original marble statue of David housed in the Accademia museum of Florence. After enjoying an in-depth discussion of David, we'll make our way to the world-famous Uffizi museum, where your guide will focus on the highlights. Famous for its masterpieces by artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Tiziano, Caravaggio, we'll concentrate on Art from the Renaissance period so you can appreciate Florence's role in the Renaissance movement that changed the world forever.
Michelangelo's marble statue of David (1501-1504)
Located in the heart of Florence, the Accademia Gallery hosts examples of paintings and sculptures by the great 14th and 15th century masters who made Florence the capital of art. The most famous work exhibited is undoubtedly the marble statue of David made by Michelangelo. Also on view at the Accademia Gallery Florence are some of Michelangelo's partly unfinished works, including the Slaves. Aside from Michelangelo's five masterpieces, the Accademia Gallery is also the home of a collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections, as well as models from the 18th century as well as early 13th century religious works. The treasured collection of musical instruments from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Music has recently been added to the Accademia Gallery collections.
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