As you study and explore the figure more details are revealed. Note the steely glare and the veined tension in David’s large right hand, fingers slightly curled in the aftermath of hurling a stone at Goliath.
Carved from one piece of marble and standing over 5 metres in height, David exudes power and grace and vibrancy and despite familiarity from numerous images, it is a sight that needs to be experienced in life.
The Accademia Museum guides visitors along a corridor through the Hall of Prisoners with Michelangelo’s Unfinished Slaves series, to a standalone domed room at the feet of David. His finely honed slender torso stands tall upon a large plinth his muscled shoulder and chest reflecting the light from a natural skylight.
Florence is a breathing living open-air museum packed with famous locations and sights but a detour to the Accademia to witness Michelangelo’s exceptional sculpture and one of the Renaissance’s most familiar symbols is well worth the time.
1. While the Michelangelo sculptures are the undoubted highlights, the museum boasts some fine Boticelli and Giotto works and also a remarkable room of Renaissance musical instruments including a Stradivarius violin.
2. Buy your ticker online to save lots of queueing time and schedule for early or late when the crowds are at their smallest and the tour groups have disappeared for the day.