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Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence Galleria dell'Accademia - Via Ricasoli, 58-60 - Florence

The Galleria dell'Accademia is a museum located in the historic center of Florence and houses - alongside the Academy of Fine Arts - one of the most important collections of painting and sculpture in the world; it also exhibits the largest collection of Michelangelo's sculptures - there are seven including the original of David - and the world's largest collection of gold-ground paintings and the Museum of Musical Instruments.

The Museum is part of the complex of the State Museums of Florence which includes the museum poles of the Uffizi Galleries and the Bargello Museums.

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Works of art in the various rooms of the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence

The Collection of the Galleria dell'Accademia sculptural works of the Renaissance. Among the exhibited artists Paolo Uccello, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, Pontormo, Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giambologna, Bartolini, Pampaloni.

Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence

The itinerary welcomes the visitor in the Salone del Colosso - where the plaster cast of one of the dioscuri placed in the fountain in front of the Quirinal in Rome was once housed - which today houses the plaster cast of the Rape of the Sabine women by Giambologna whose original it is in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Singoria.
Here the walls display paintings of the Florentine school of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries signed by Paolo Uccello, Botticelli, Perugino, Filippino Lippi, Ghirlandaio.

Continuing we arrive in the Galleria dei Prigioni which houses four sculptures by Michelangelo depicting male nudes, the Prigioni. These are works created for the tomb of Julius II but which ended up decorating the Grotta del Buontalenti in the Boboli Gardens at the behest of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici. Also in this space are the Pietà di Palestrina and the San Matteo, always by Michelangelo.

The Gallery ends in the grandstand which houses Michelangelo's David, taken away from Piazza della Signoria in 1873 and exhibited here in 1882.

Continuing to the left you reach the Gipsoteca which houses a collection of paintings and sculptures by 19th century artists which include the plaster casts of Lorenzo Bartolini, the greatest exponent of Purism, and those of his pupil Luigi Pampaloni.

The following space, known as Sala Duecento and the early fourteenth century, exhibits the richest collection in the world of gold-ground paintings by the greatest Florentine artists such as the Maestro della Maddalena, Giotto, the Maestro della Santa Cecilia, Bernardo Daddi, Taddeo Gaddi, Andrea Orcagna, Nardo di Cione, Giovanni da Milano, Agnolo Gaddi.

A series of rooms are dedicated to painting that form an itinerary that goes from the late Gothic to the Renaissance of the fifteenth century - works by Paolo Uccello, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi - up to sixteenth-century painting - works by Fra' Bartolomeo, Andrea del Sarto and Pontormo - to the great altarpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Finally, the Museum of Musical Instruments is also part of the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, which exhibits around 50 instruments from the Medici and Lorraine collections, i.e. from the Grand Ducal era (second half of the 17th century and first half of the 19th century). The pieces are true masterpieces of luthier art: a tenor viola, a cello, a violin by Antonio Stradivari, a cello by Niccolò Amati.

Masterpieces of the Galleria dell'Accademia

– Taddeo Gaddi: Stories from the Life of Christ and Saint Francis (1335)
– Giovanni di Ser Giovanni called lo Scheggia: Cassone Adimari Scenes of Dance (1450)
– Filippino Lippi: Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint John the Baptist (1496)
– Filippino Lippi and Pietro Vannucci known as Perugino: Deposition of Christ (1504-7)
– Michelangelo Buonarroti: David (1501-4), Saint Matthew (1505), Atlas (1525-30), The Young Slave (1530), Bearded Prison (1530), Prison Waking Up (1530), Pietà of Palestrina (1550 -60)
– Bronzino: Deposition (1560)
– Giambologna: Rape of the Sabine women (1582)
– Jacopo Carucci known as Pontormo: Venus and Cupid (1533)
– Amati cello (1650)
– Stradivarius cello (1690)
– Stradivarius violin (1716)
– Lorenzo Bartolini: Arnina (1825)
– Luigi Pampaloni: Girl playing with the dog (1830)

History of the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence

The history of the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence begins in 1784 when the sixteenth-century Academy of Design Arts was reformed.

The Gallery was born in 1784 at the behest of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo who thus wanted to reform the Academy of Design Arts, founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de' Medici, into the modern Academy of Fine Arts.

The new Academy occupied the premises of the fourteenth-century Hospital of San Matteo and those of the Convent of San Niccolò di Cafaggio and it was decided to make available to students a gallery that housed works of art on which to build knowledge, study by imitating previous artists.

The museum subsequently received works from churches and convents suppressed first by Pietro Leopoldo in 1786 and then by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1810. But the pivotal event in the history of the Museo della Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence is the entry onto the scene of David by Michelangelo, taken away from Piazza della Signoria in August 1873 and exhibited here starting in 1882 in a grandstand designed by the architect Emilio De Fabris.

How to reach the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence

The Galleria dell'Accademia is located in the center of Florence, a few steps from Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Arrive by train

From Santa Maria Novella Station you can reach it on foot in about 15 minutes (1400 m).

Arrive by bus

From S. Maria Novella Station bus lines 1 and 17. The closest bus stops are Pucci Duomo, Piazza San Marco, Via Battisti: bus lines 10, 14 and 23, 31, 32.

Arrive by car

The closest car parks are Garage Michelangelo, Parck 2Go. They are located just 150 meters on foot from the Accademia Gallery.

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