Hall of the Colossus (Hall of Accademia)


Welcome to the awe-inspiring “Hall of Colossus,” a marvel of architectural grandeur that beckons visitors worldwide. 

Step into the Hall of Colossus, where magnificence knows no bounds and history comes alive. 

The Hall of Colossus is the first area you see when entering the Academic Gallery.

It was named after the historical plaster casts of the Dioscuri of Montecavallo during the nineteenth century.

As you venture deeper into the Hall of Colossus, prepare to be enchanted by its colossal sculptures and monumental wonders. 

Behold the majestic splendor of the Hall of Colossus, a testament to our ancestors’ artistic prowess and enduring legacy.

With each step, the Hall of Colossus reveals the stories of ancient civilizations, leaving an indelible impression on all who traverse its hallowed halls. 

The plaster-cast model of the ancient statue is no longer displayed in the Gallery.

Instead, it hosts a large sculpture, the plaster model for The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna.

This unfired clay’s unique piece dates back to the sixteenth century.

In preparation for the finished product, Giambologna created a 1:1 scale replica of the marble statue.

In Piazza della Signoria, under the Loggia dei Lanzi, visitors can view the original 1582 marble sculpture.

The sculpture of three figures nearby carved from a single massive block of marble gave the viewer various perspectives and was the first of its kind.

Hall of Colossus at Gallerie dell’Accademia

Did you know that the Hall of the Colossus at Gallerie dell’Accademia houses the awe-inspiring “David” by Michelangelo? 

This colossal masterpiece stands tall at 17 feet, representing the biblical hero in all glory. 

Within the Gallerie dell’Accademia’s Hall of the Colossus, you’ll find an ambiance of artistic splendor and historical significance. 

As you explore the Gallerie dell’Accademia, be prepared to encounter an impressive collection of art, including works by other renowned artists. 

So, venture into the Gallerie dell’Accademia’s Hall of the Colossus, and immerse yourself in a world of monumental wonders and artistic brilliance.

With the help of our fascinating, expert-led Accademia Gallery guided tour, learn the secrets and tales behind Renaissance masterpieces.

Entrance walls 

Entrance walls
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On the entrance walls encircling Giambologna’s plaster, you can find critical religious-themed works of art from the 15th century to the early 16th century.   

On one wall are panel paintings by Paolo Uccello, Perugino, Filippino Lippi, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Botticelli.  

Enjoy this extensive collection of Renaissance artworks at the Hall of the Colossus.

The Cassone Adimari painting by Giovanni di Ser Giovanni (lo Scheggia) depicts a typical Florentine Renaissance wedding feast.

It illustrates ancient architecture (Baptistery), monuments, and priceless brocade clothes that reflect the riches and manners of Florence’s wealthy families.

Spending time marveling at Madonna of the Sea by Botticelli is also worthwhile. 

The title of the painting comes from the soft seascape in the background.

You can see the child holding a pomegranate, symbolizing Christ’s passion, and the “Stella Maris” star that sparkles on Mary’s deep blue robe also relates the painting to the sea.

Right Wall of the Hall of the Colossus

To the right, three incredibly detailed altarpieces surround Giambologna’s plaster.

These three altarpieces are 

  • Perugino’s Assumption of the Virgin (1500)
  • Raffaellino del Garbo’s Resurrection
  • Filippino Lippi’s Deposition (1504-08).

Left Wall of the Hall of the Colossus

Six examples of 15th-century altarpieces are on display in the left wing of the Hall of the Colossus. 

They are arranged chronologically to demonstrate the evolution of the Florentine school.

Set aside some time to enjoy these stunning paintings.

  • Trinity (1470) by Alesso Baldovinetti 
  • Trebbio Altarpiece by Botticelli
  • St. Stephen, St. James, St. Peter (1493) by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Are you planning to visit this museum filled with rich Renaissance art?

Get your priority entrance ticket so you may enjoy all the works of art by Botticelli and others without standing in long lines.

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