Galleria Accademia Overview
The Accademia Gallery is close to the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) to the Conservatorio Musicale Luigi Cherubim and to the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (a museum and a public teaching institute for the techniques of craft production of inlaid pictures and an ample variety of artistic works in marble and semi-precious stones)
The Accademia Gallery houses one of the key collections of paintings and sculptures, coming from the 13th to the 19th century, existing in Italy.
The Gallery is located in Via Ricasoli, 58-60.
The Florentine Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1563 with the support of the Medici family, was been the first High School established in Europe to instruct drawing, painting and sculpturing techniques.
At that age, the Academy of Fine Arts was housed in the cloisters of the Basilic of the Santissima Annunziata (from1250), located in the Piazza after its name.
In 1784, Lepoldo I of Habsburg Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, decided to assemble all the Florentines High Schools of Art in adjoining structures and they were all set up within the buildings which once hosted the Convent of San Nicola in Adagio and the Hospital of San Matteo.
The Academia Gallery is especially renowned for housing some outstanding sculptures by Michelangelo. Between them there is David: one of the unquestionable masterpieces of the Renaissance created between 1501 and 1504 (marble; height 420 cm) which was moved in 1873 to the Accademia from its original setting in the Florentine Piazza della Signoria. A perfect replica of the statue has been positioned in the same place of that celebrated square.
The other sculptures by Michelangelo are: the statue of San Matteo; the sculpturing group La Pietà di Palestrina (attributed to him) and the impressive I Quattro Prigioni (the four captives or slaves). These latter four sculptures are also carved in marble, with heights from 277 to 267 cm, and were created between 1530 and 1536 ca. They were initially intended to ornament the monumental sepulchre of Pope Giulio II in Rome.
The masterpieces and artworks preserved in the Galleria dell’Accademia are classified within 11 rooms, as well as close to its imposing flight of steps.
- “Tribuna del David”
- “Sala del Colosso”
- “Galleria dei Prigioni”
- “Sala degli Orcagna”
- “Sala del Gotico Internazionale”
- “Sala di Lorenzo Monaco”
- “Sala del Tardo Trecento” (late 14th century)
- “Sala di Giovanni da Milano”
- “Salone dell’Ottocento” (19th century)
- “Sala dei Giotteschi” (followers of Giotto)
- “Sala del Duecento e del primo Trecento” (13th century and early 14th century)
The Accademia Gallery also preserves an exclusive and ample anthology of Russian Icons. Most of them pertained to the dynasty Habsburg Lorraine, Grand Dukes of Tuscany from 1737 to 1801 and from 1814 to 1860. These collected works are displayed close to the large flight of steps of the Gallery.
Attached to this page you will find the complete catalogue of masterpieces and artworks (sculptures, plaster models; paintings, which include gold-ground paintings, relieves, bas-reliefs, wooden chests, diptychs, triptychs, polyptychs, and pictures) displayed in the Galleria dell’Accademia.
The Galleria dell’Accademia is opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8, 15 am to 6, 50 pm.
The admission ticket is: 6, 50 euros.
Since 1996, the Accademia Gallery keeps a valuable collection of ancient instruments coming from the adjacent Conservatorio Musicale Luigi Cherubini.
Among them, probably the most valued are: the viola which pertained to Antonio Stradivari; the violoncello created in 1690 by the Stradivari Atelier on commission of Prince Ferdinando de Medici for “The String Medicean Quintette”; a violoncello from 1650 created by Nicola Amati; two instruments which pertained to Bartolomeo Cristofori (inventor of the pianoforte) and the oldest vertical pianoforte actually preserved in any public museum in the world.
The collection is housed in the Museo degli Strumenti Musicali which is located in the indoors of the Accademia Gallery.
The admission ticket to the Gallery is valid for visiting this Museum.
The masterpieces and artworks displayed within the rooms of the Accademia Gallery.
1st Room: Tribuna del David
2nd Room: Sala del Colosso
3rd Room: Galleria dei Prigioni
4th Room: Sala degli Orcagna
5th Room: Sala del Gotico Internazionale
6th Room: Sala di Lorenzo Monaco
7th Room: Sala del Tardo Trecento
8th Room: Sala di Giovanni di Milano
9th Room: Salone dell Ottocento
10th Room:Sala dei Giotteschi
11th Room: Sala del Duecento e del primo Trecento
Flight of steps: The Collection of Russian Icons
North Side of Florence
The Cathedrals : Basilica di San Lorenzo, Basilica di San Marco
Main Monuments : Palazzo Pucci, Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Main Museums : Accademia Gallery, Museo Archeologico
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