The Accademia Gallery was founded by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine as an educational art collection destined to the students at the Academy of Fine Arts. After rearrangements and 19th C. acquisitions, it has become a celebrated museum dedicated to Michelangelo.
Along with Michelangelo's scupltures, the Gallery shows significant works testifying the development of Florentine art from 13th C. up to 19th C.
The Gallery is housed in the 14th C. rooms once belonging to the old Hospital of St. Matthew and the old convent of St. Niccolò of Cafaggio, renovated in the late 18th C. to house the Gallery. In 1882 the "Tribuna" hall was built in order to display Michelangelo's David.
The earliest collection was enlarged with new works coming from Florentine churches and monasteries, after the suppressions of the religious orders in 18th and 19th C.
In 1873 Michelangelo's David was moved inside, followed in 1909 by the four "Slaves" (or Prisoners) and St. Matthew. Along with the famous works by Michelangelo, the collection includes Florentine paintings from 13th C. up to 16th C., original plaster models by Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni, and a group of Russian icons. A new section dedicated to old musical instruments, once belonged to the Medici and the Lorraine families, was opened in 2001.
Michelangelo, David, 1501-1504, from Piazza della Signoria
Michelangelo, St. Matthew, 1505-1506, from the Florentine Cathedral
Michelangelo, Four Slaves, 1530 c., from the Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Gardens, sculpted for the Tomb of Pope Julius II
Michelangelo (attributed), Pietà, from the church of St. Rosalia at Palestrina (Roma)
Giambologna, plaster model of the Rape of the Sabines, 1582
Paintings by Pacino di Bonaguida, Taddeo Gaddi, Bernardo Daddi, Andrea Orcagna, Giovanni da Milano, Lorenzo Monaco, Lo Scheggia, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Filippino Lippi, Fra’ Bartolomeo, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo, Agnolo Bronzino, Alessandro Allori, Santi di Tito.
From Tuesday to Sunday
Hours: 8.15 - 18.50 (last entrance 16:45)
Monday, 1 May,1 January, 25 December
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