Let me introduce you to our not-so-little friend from Florence. This is David, one of the city’s most famous residents. Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and during this time many great people passed through the city. Many of them left a mark, and Michelangelo is no different. There is a lot of history and culture that remains from this great period. The city has many historic plazas and incredible museums, but a trip to the city is incomplete until you’ve visited the Galleria dell’Accademia. This is where you will find Michelangelo’s David. This statue portrays the biblical David, about to take on Goliath. It is imposing, standing very tall at 5.17 meters.
Its naked form demands your attention, rising above the crowds of people here to see it in person. This is a statue that needs little introduction, as it is probably one of the best-known sculptures in the world. It also doesn’t hurt that it was created by an artist with some serious name recognition. This is one of those things you plan to see weeks, months, or years in advance only to arrive and have your expectations fulfilled. Or even exceeded. Not only is it a can’t miss attraction in the city, but it is also a leading candidate for the most memorable things you will see in Italy.
While there are many pieces of art found inside these walls, including paintings and sculptures from different eras, there is one major reason why everyone has come to visit Galleria dell’Accademia; David. It is taller than you would expect and the details are mesmerizing. You stare for minutes into the eyes and can’t pull yourself away from the toes or the fingers. Or other things below the belt.
This marble statue was carved by Michaelangelo between 1501 and 1504 and was originally displayed in the main plaza in front of Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of government in Florence. It remained here for over 300 years, on display for everyone to enjoy. Without using hyperbole or over-exaggerating, this is just one of those things. Not only is it a “cant’ miss” thing, but it’s also worth planning your entire trip around.
In 1873 it arrived at its current home inside the Galleria dell’Accademia. It is certainly something you won’t forget anytime soon. While there are many marble sculptures to be found inside the Galleria dell’Accademia, David is the reason you have paid the entry fee. This massive statue is known around the world. Every angle is appreciated on it’s own, revealing a new look from the stationary model.
Michelangelo is one of the best-known names of the renaissance. He was a citizen of Florence during the height of its power and influence. Many of his pieces of work included paintings, poetry, sculpture and architecture. His influence on the period is often held in the highest of regards. Traveling through Italy is like visiting his best of. You can find his work in the Vatican Museum and inside of St Peters Basilica – and of course painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
David is equally worthy of being listed amongst the artists greatest achievements. It is a fitting remembrance of the great artist.