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Michelangelo's masterpiece is one of the world's most recognizable sculptures. Located at Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, tours of the museum reveal a defining moment in Renaissance art – but there's a fascinating history behind David too!
Originally intended to stand among other stone sculptures on the cathedral's roof, the 6-ton statue was too heavy to raise. It was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio instead.
The sculpture was started by Agostino di Duccio in 1463, before work briefly continued under a soon-fired Antonio Rossellino. Michelangelo was employed to finish the work in 1501.
David's confident stare is directed towards Firenze's strongest rival -- Rome. The city was one of many neighboring powers that threatened the Republic of Florence's sovereignity.
David was wrapped in cloth and entombed in brick as part of Italian efforts to protect their historic artworks from bomb damage. Michelangelo's Moses received the same treatment!
In 1991 Piero Cannata attacked the statue with a hammer he'd concealed under his jacket, breaking the second toe of the left foot. Police described the 47-year-old as "deranged."
The Galleria dell'Accademia is open between 8:15AM and 6:50PM from Tuesday to Sunday.
The Galleria dell'Accademia can be easily reached by many different bus routes to the stops Ss. Annunziata - Istituto Degli Innocent, Piazza di San Marco, San Marco Rettorato, or Cavour. Michelangelo's David is located in the museum's Hall of the Prisoners.
- When should I visit?Tues - Sun: 8:15AM - 6:50PM
- Is it expensive?Around 15 Euros. Price varies whether you book online or purchase at the ticket office.
- Will I need a guide?Not necessarily, but consider this... is there anything better in the world than an enthusiastic Italian tour guide?
- How to get thereFlorence is rather walkable so you easily go there by foot. Numerous bus lines also stop in front of the Galleria.
- Additional informationMake sure to pre-book your tickets! The David is an especially popular attraction.
What people are saying about Michelangelo's David
This is our second time visiting the Accademia Gallery and seeing The David but always a great learning experience. I believe Francesca just made this tour even better than the first time we visited. She just has a way of making you excited about the experience, seeing The David and other works of Michelangelo.
The tour guide did an excellent job of discussing Michelangelo’s David and giving a good brief tour of the rest of the academia.
He knew a ton and we agreed that this was a much better trip than if we’d gone alone. One small irritant, GYG continually added people to the tour, and so it began later than advertised. Also, the museum only allows 653 people at a time, and understandably you may have to wait until some people leave (which isn’t long). However the staff at museum does not really care that you’ve paid this third party for fast track entrance and you must wait until they wave your group in...which is totally at their discretion.
Our guide Allesandra was great and took time to explain. Some folks asked detailed historical question but she knew it all. We spend good time at the Academia.
Our guide (Marta) not only knew her history, she had a passion for both Michaelangelo and his art.