Michelangelo’s Masterpieces: the David, Prigioni, Pietà di Palestrina, San Matteo – and other works by famous artists
Total immersion in the art of Michelangelo to know his most renowned work, the “David”, and other important works of art such as ”I Prigioni” and ”San Matteo” and the “Palestrina Pietà”.
The young Michelangelo carved the David from a huge block of rough marble in three years, creating an imposing sculpture of absolute beauty, an icon of the renaissance model.
He depicted a magnificent nude young man at the height of his physical vigor, whose intense expression of strength and courage, which originated from an absolute faith in God, roses as a symbol of power and invincibility of the Florentine Republic at the time of its maximum splendor.
Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum.
The pre-booked, skip the line ticket allows priority entry over the general admission long line.
0 – 5 years old: free
The Tour Includes
- Professional Guide
- Duration: 1h15 approx.
- Start Time: 11:30AM
- Season: All year round – Everyday
- Meeting point / Terminal: AT THE MUSEUM, entrance reserved to booking holders
- Museum entrance fees with bookings
- Earphones are provided for groups of over 15 participants inside the museum
Tour Code TH0046
What Makes this Tour Unique
- Admire the David by Michelangelo and be dazzled by the absolute beauty and perfection of this sculpted nude, together with the intense expression of the face, recalling the fierce independence of the Florentine Republic, which the sculptor wanted to express when commissioned this symbol of the town’s success in 1494.
- The pre-booked, skip the line ticket allows priority entry over the general admission long line – No hassle : our assistant will welcome you outside the museum with the reserved tickets.
- Once the guided tour is over, one can stay on in the museum to explore a little further on ones own.
Accademia Gallery with Audio Guide
If you wish to visit the Museum in total freedom and at your own pace, you may book the audio guide with a multilingual recorded commentary made by expert guides.
Our special package includes the assistance of our staff at the meeting point of the museum, the entrance ticket with reservation (skip the long line) and the headsets you may collect at the audio guide desk after entering the museum.
You have to show the original copy of your identify card or passport.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
Museum entrance fee with booking.
Audio guide non available for children under the age of 6.
Tour Code TH0046A
The sculpture was allegedly brought to the Accademia for reasons of conservation, although other factors were involved in its move from its previous outdoor location on Piazza della Signoria. The original intention was to create a Michelangelo Museum, with original sculptures and drawings, to celebrate the fourth centenary of the artist’s birth. Today, the gallery’s small collection of Michelangelo’s work includes his four unfinished Prisoners, intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and a statue of Saint Matthew, also unfinished. In 1939, these were joined by a Pietà discovered in the Barberini chapel in Palestrina, though experts now consider its attribution to Michelangelo to be dubious. The “David” in the Accademia is the original. There is a replica in the Piazza della Signoria.
Other works on display are Florentine paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, including works by Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli and Andrea del Sarto; and, from the High Renaissance, Giambologna’s original plaster for the Rape of the Sabine Women. As well as a number of Florentine Gothic paintings, the gallery houses the idiosyncratic collection of Russian icons assembled by the Grand Dukes of the House of Lorraine, of which Leopoldo was one.
You may also like to visit other sections inside the Gallery, as the most important and wide collection of gold-bottomed paintings, and especially the Musical Instruments Museum, where are exposed many objects belonging to the historical collection of the Conservatory Luigi Cherubuni, a renowned composer born in Florence.
Between these musical rarities are particularly interesting some eighteenth-century instruments, acquired by the Grand Prince Ferdinando de’ Medici, like violins, violas, cellos – some by the famous Antonio Stradivari (a tenor Viola, a 1690 cello, a 1716 violin) or the precious cello by Niccolò Amati, made in 1650.
Many are also the musical curiosities, like the harpsichord from Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of pianoforte, and the most ancient upright piano known.