Are you planning to visit the masterpiece by Michelangelo, David, at Gallerie dell’Accademia in Florence?
Schedule a more extended visit and witness various other works of art, including sculptures, paintings and ancient musical instruments from the 14th to the 17th century.
The gallery of two floors is divided into seven sections called halls, offering a diverse range of artwork.
Additionally, a unique eighth hall hosts rotating exhibitions and special events.
A guided tour of the Accademia is one of the best ways to spend a few hours at this historically rich gallery filled with Renaissance art.
Hall of the Colossus
The first section of the museum is called the Hall of the Colossus.
The hall displays the plaster cast model of the famous statue, Rape of the Sabine Women Model, by Giambologna.
It has six other exhibits of 15th-century altarpieces by Perugino, Raffaellino del Garbo, and Filippino Lippi.
Hall of the Prisoners
Named after Michelangelo’s Prisoners, this hallway showcases four of his unfinished nude marble sculptures.
Along with the statues, the hall offers paintings by Granacci, Andrea del Sarto, Fra’ Bartolomeo, Pontormo, and Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio.
The most sought after section of the gallery, the Tribune houses the statue of David by Michelangelo under a bright skylight.
The statue stands in the middle with two side wings displaying paintings by artists inspired by Michelangelo’s work, including Cecchino Salviati, Allori and Bronzino.
This section has been a part of the gallery since its beginning in 1784 when students of the adjacent Fine Arts Academy used to practice in the space.
Also known as the plaster cast model gallery, Gipsoteca Bartolini presents around 250 pieces by Lorenzo Bartolini and his protege, along with paintings and sculptures.
This hall at the end of the ground floor houses the work of the artists from the 13th and early 14th centuries, the Giottesque painters and Orcagna and his brothers, respectively.
Florence between 1370 and 1430
This least crowded hall lies on the first floor of the Accademia gallery.
It displays primarily religious paintings by Florentine artists like Jacopo di Cione, Lorenzo Monaco and Don Silvestro from the late 14th to the early 15th century.
The hall also features an international gothic section containing the work of foreign and other Florentine artists who have spent time abroad.
Museum Of Musical Instruments
This section is a delight for classical music enthusiasts, from unique marble and wood instruments to early prototypes of modern pianos.
This part of the gallery holds ancient musical instruments belonging to the families of the Medici and Lorraine during the late 17th to early 19th centuries.
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