Accademia Gallery Florence: Purchase your tickets to see Michelangelo's David
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Located in the heart of Florence, the Accademia Gallery hosts examples of paintings and sculptures by the great 14th and 15th century masters who made Florence the capital of art. The most famous work exhibited is undoubtedly the marble statue of David made by Michelangelo. Also on view at the Accademia Gallery Florence are some of Michelangelo's partly unfinished works, including the Slaves. Aside from Michelangelo's five masterpieces, the Accademia Gallery is also the home of a collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections, as well as models from the 18th century as well as early 13th century religious works. The treasured collection of musical instruments from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Music has recently been added to the Accademia Gallery collections.
Accademia Gallery Admission:
Accademia Gallery Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:15am to 6:50pm; closed on Monday.
Extraordinary evening openings:
> Tuesdays from May 10 to September 27 (until 10pm)
> Fridays from July 8 to September 30 (until 10pm)
Save time ordering! Add all the museum tickets you want into your basket, then fill in the form and send your request.
PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary plus a second email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from [email protected]
The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
Once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation we can refund the ticket cost minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee) for cancellations as well as for no shows (upon request).
Accademia Gallery Audio Guides Rental Service
Make the most of your visit to the Accademia Gallery – book your Accademia Gallery audio guide, after choosing the date, time, and number of tickets for your visit to the Accademia Gallery! The Accademia Gallery is one of the richest museums in the world, with some of the greatest artistic treasures of mankind on view. Make sure you don't miss important works of art, and supplement what you know with the audio guide's insightful commentary.
Audio guides are available in Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish.
The audio guided visit has a complete duration of 75 minutes and includes a selection of the most important works of art in the Gallery. To learn more about the works of art on view, choose the desired room and listen to the explanation of selected works in that room.
You will receive a confirmation voucher (valid only for the audio guide) together with the confirmation voucher for your visit to the museum. In order to pick up the audio guide, please deposit this voucher at the Audio Guides Desk – at the bookshop opposite the ticket booth – along with a valid identity document (passports, identity cards or driver's license – only originals are accepted).
In case of loss or failure to return the audio guide, visitors will be requested to pay the cost (€ 250.00 per each audio guide).
The Accademia Gallery:
Located in the heart of the city, the Accademia Gallery hosts examples of paintings and sculptures by the great 14th and 15th century masters who made Florence the capital of art.
Founded in 1784 upon Grand Duke Leopoldo of Lorena's decree, La Galleria dell'Accademia was created to host a collection of antique and modern paintings and sculptures so the students of the nearby Accademia di Belle Arti could pursue their studies in the light of these great masterworks. The Accademia Gallery is situated in parts of the former convent San Niccolò in Cafaggio and the hospice of San Matteo.
In 1873 Michelangelo's David was transferred here to save it from the erosion of time and weather. In 1882 Michelangelo's masterpiece found its position in the Tribuna del David specially created by Emilio de' Fabris.
Through time the Accademia Gallery became famous for its collection of sculptures by Michelangelo. The collection is enriched by paintings and sculptures by other artists who made Florence one of the most important capitals of art. Around 1980, a Gipsoteca (collection of sculptures), located in the Salone dell'Ottocento (19th century hall), was added to the Accademia Gallery. The Accademia Gallery is situated on two floors of which the ground floor is certainly the most famous and admired.
The Accademia Gallery visit begins with the Sala dell'Anticolosso, where the gesso original of The Rape of the Sabines (1582) by Giambologna is placed. Some paintings such as Christ of Pity by Andrea del Sarto and the Deposition of the Cross by Filippo Lippi can be seen here. From here you reach the Galleria dei Prigioni, a corridor that hosts a series of incomplete sculptures by Michelangelo. The visitor is invited to experience the emotional impact of these sculptures that seemingly burst forth from the stone, liberated by the hand of the great artist. Among these sculptures note the famous Pietà da Palestrina, which arrived at the Accademia Gallery in 1940. The artwork seems disproportionate in its dimensions, so much so that the ascription to Michelangelo is questioned by some.
At the end of the gallery reigns supreme Michelangelo's David. Commissioned in 1501 by the Florentine Republic, Michelangelo's statue was first placed in the Piazza della Signoria, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, as a symbol of liberty. The David represents the young biblical hero in the moment he gathers his powers to defeat the giant Goliath. Michelangelo, who at the time was just 25 years of age was paid 400 scudi for this work of art. He used a marble block already reduced to poor condition by other artists. From this marble came one of the greatest masterpieces of civilization, a representation of the Renaissance ideal of the free man, maker of his own destiny.
Examples of 16th century Florentine art are placed in the two lateral wings of the tribune: religious paintings such as the Disputa sull'Immacolata Concezione (The Dispute of the Immaculate Conception) by Carlo Portelli. At the end of the left wing of the tribune of Michelangelo's David is the Gipsoteca dedicated to Lorenzo Bartolini (1777- 1850), in the Salone dell'Ottocento (19th century hall). The galleria dei gessi was opened to the public in 1985. Revealing the portraitist Bartolini's great skill are about 300 busts representing the Florentine upper middle class. The mythological theme is richly and beautifully illustrated: Voto dell'Innocenza (The Vote of Innocence), Venus, and others.
The ground-floor visit ends with the Sale Bizantine (Byzantine Halls) where examples of 14th century Florentine painting are gathered. As you enter the first of the three halls, L'Albero della Vita (The Tree of Life) by Pacino di Bonaguida draws your attention. It is an illustration of Bonaventura's literary text Lignum Vitae, retelling scenes of the life of Jesus and stories from the Genesis. In the second hall the Formelle (panels) painted by Taddeo Gaddi around 1330 to decorate the reliquary shrine of the Basilica of Santa Croce. The final hall is dedicated to Andrea, Nardo and Jacopo di Cione, the three Orcagna brothers, whose sacred paintings are expressions of the Florentine 14th century.
The four halls of the second floor were opened to the public in 1985. The first of them hosts the paintings by Giovanni da Milano and by other Florentine painters. In the second hall, examples of paintings from the second half of the 14th century are gathered including the bright and somber colors of Andrea Orcagna. The third hall hosts a selection of art works by Lorenzo Monaco (1370-1423), famous painter and miniaturist. The fourth and last hall gathers examples of Florentine late-Gothic paintings through the illustrations of Lorenzo Monaco and of the International Gothic with Gherardo Starnina and other contemporaries.
European Union citizens aged 18 to 25
European Union teachers
Children under 18 years old from any country
Children under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Tourist guides and interpreters (accompanying a group), with official documentation
Students/scholars of all nationalities may apply for special research permits for a limited period.
Free admission the first Sunday of every month
Italian and European school groups accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking made directly with the museum.
Service fees (pre-sale and online booking fees), as well as fees for temporary exhibitions happening during your visit are due for ANY KIND OF TICKET as well as for free admission days.
When picking up a reduced or free ticket, you will be asked for a document proving your right to the price reduction. Entrance will be denied without it
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