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The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze or the Accademia Gallery is a top-rated museum located in Florence, Italy. It is also called the Museum of Michelangelo.

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Accademia Gallery Facts

Accademia Gallery is also called the Museum of Michelangelo. In the year 1784, Pietro Leopoldo who was the Grand Duke of Tuscany, founded this structure as a teaching facility for the students of the Academy of Fine Arts based nearby. 

There’s a structure made by Michelangelo called the Statue of David. The Accademia Gallery housed this sculpture and acquired in 1873.

Accademia happened after it moved from the Palazzo Vecchio.

Let us explore some interesting facts about the Accademia Gallery in Florence

  • Michelangelo’s David is considered the most famous work of art in the Accademia Gallery. Visitors mostly flock here to see this fantastic sculpture. In 1501 to 1504, this statue created from a single block of marble. David was moved to the Accademia Gallery in 1873 to keep it protected from the weather.
  • This unique sculpture made by Michelangelo stands at 17 feet in height. Between 2003-2004, its marble was restored and placed at a special wing in the Accademia Gallery. It then came to be known as the Tribuna del David.
  • There was a work called the Prisoners (four unfinished sculptures) made by Michelangelo that house here. These initially meant for the tomb of Pope Julius II.
  • There are many other great works on display at the Accademia Gallery. That includes the Florentine paintings from artists like Andrea del Sarto, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Paolo Uccello, and Sandro Botticelli.
  • Botticelli’s creation Madonna and Child (Madonna col Bambino), is also located here, along with the artistic masterpiece of Our Lady of the Sea (Madonna del Mare).
  • In the 1900s, there was an addition of a Department of Musical Instruments at the Accademia Gallery’s collection. Those from the Cherubini Conservatory that is adjacent to the gallery is among one of the instruments.

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  • The Accademia Gallery’s ground floor holds the Prisoner’s Gallery (Galleria dei Prigioni) which is known to house the famous Michelangelo’s Prisoners. On the other hand, the Tribuna del David houses Michelangelo’s David.
  • There are many other rooms on the ground floor that include the Sala del Colosseo, housing Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines; the Sala di Giotto, housing work by Giotto; the Sala del Duecento e del Primo Trecento, housing the early Tuscan paintings, and many more.
  • There are two rooms on the second floor of the Accademia Gallery. These are Sala del Tardo Trecento I and II, which dedicate to altarpieces from around the 1300s and 1400s.
  • There are another two rooms on the second floor. One of them is the Sala del Gotico Internazionale, which contains the paintings made by Giovanni Toscani, Maestro di Sant’Ivo, and Bicci di Lorenzo. 

Another one is the Sala di Lorenzo Monaco, which includes pictures made by Gherardo Starnina, Lorenzo Monaco, Agnolo Gaddi, many others.

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