One of the most important tourist attraction that you must see if you are visiting Florence, is the masterpiece of Michelangelo. Michelangelo’s David has become one of the most recognised works of Renaissance sculpture, a symbol of strength and youthful beauty.
To see the statue you will need to go to Galleria dell'Accademia, where was moved in 1873, and replaced by a replica on the original location. Expect to find a quee, but usualy the waiting time is no more than 30min.
The recommended lenght of your vissit should be around 1h, the gallery has some other beautiful arts on display.
It is a 5.17-metre (17.0 ft) marble statue of the Biblical hero David. The statue was placed in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on September 8th, 1504.
The statue came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family. The eyes of David, with a warning glare, were turned towards Rome.
- During World War II, David was entombed in brick to protect it from damage from airborne bombs.
- In 1991, the foot of the statue was damaged by a man with a hammer. The samples obtained from that incident allowed scientists to determine that the marble used was obtained from the Fantiscritti quarries in Miseglia, the central of three small valleys in Carrara.
- David has stood on display at Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia since 1873.
- The proportions of the David are atypical of Michelangelo's work; the figure has an unusually large head and hands (particularly apparent in the right hand).
- The statue is unusually slender (front to back) in comparison to its height, which may be a result of the work done on the block before Michelangelo began carving it.
Visit David's Statue:
Address: GALLERIA DELL'ACCADEMIA DI FIRENZE
Tuesday through Sunday, 8:15-18:50T
Closed: on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
Full price: € 8,00
Reduced price: € 4,00