The Galleria dell'Accademia was an optional experience, but who goes to Florence and misses the famous David ? not us! Rosa was our local specialist for this too and I'm glad we listen to her and did not rush to the David as soon as we entered the Galeria. The Accademia welcomes the visitor in the Hall of the Colossus, which hosts in the center the plaster model for the stunning marble sculpture of Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women. There are a large number of panel paintings hanging on the walls, works by Perugino, Filippino Lippi, Pontormo, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Bronzino.
from this room, we proceeded to the Hall of the Prisoners, displaying Michelangelo’s unfinished “Slaves”. Rosa advised us to take in every sculpture before rushing to the David, it was astonishing the detail of this unfinished pieces.
At the end of that hall exposed under a circular skylight is the most magnificent work of art known as The David. The sculpture evokes a wide range of emotions, the least of which is awe. There are no words to describe it, pictures don't do it justice but here are some from every angle I could take them; every angle shows something different, Rosa was great in pointing out many of those nuances -I believe otherwise I would have missed them, there are so minor.
Students of the Academia delle Belle Arti (Academy of Fine arts) study the greatest works of the past in the “Gipsoteca Bartolini” you’ll find traces of the 19th-century plaster casts by Lorenzo Bartolini, one of the greatest sculptors and brilliant professors of the Academy. There were no students on the day of our visit and we were able to tour that part that is usually closed to visitors