The Galleria dell’accademia, or Accademia Gallery, in Florence, Italy, is without a doubt most famous for its sculptures by the great Renaissance artist: Michelangelo.
The most famous section of the Galleria is surely the Hall of the Prisoners, displaying Michelangelo’s unfinished “Slaves”. Next to the Tribuna of David one can find a series of paintings by Alessandro Allori which are a delightful template of flowers symbolism.
Galleria dell’accademia has housed the original David by Michelangelo since 1873. The sculpture was allegedly brought to the Accademia from its previous outdoor location on Piazza della Signoria firstly because of conservation issues, and also with the intention to create a Michelangelo museum, filled with his original sculptures and drawings in order to celebrate the fourth centenary of the Artist’s birth.
Today, the gallery’s small collection of Michelangelo’s work includes his four unfinished Prisoners, intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and a statue of Saint Matthew, also unfinished.
The “David” in the Accademia is the original, while that located in Piazza della Signoria is a replica.
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