Florence Galleria – Michelangelo’s David


To see the statue of David for the first time takes your breath away. In the tribune at the end of a long gallery lit naturally from above by a glass cupola, this statue is the most beautiful man-made thing I’ve ever seen.

You know the familiar story from the Bible in I Samuel, Chapter 17 of the young David, the future king of Israel, who though only a shepherd boy, defeats the Philistine giant Goliath in single combat with only a sling.


David Sculpture




A guide I overheard said that Michelangelo intended the statue to be seen from below, not at eye level as we often see him. If so, this would explain much.


Galleria Exhibit

Below and to the right of the statue is an exhibit of the Stanford Digital Michelangelo Project. This monitor displays the sculpture from different angles and lighting, rotated in 3D. You can see details you can’t see from a distance. Impressive.

The Galleria dell’Accademia is one of the “must-see” places in Florence for art, especially sculpture and plasters. However, most people go there to see “the David.” Make sure you make a reservation ahead of time.

A copy stands along with seven other statues outdoors in the Piazza della Signoria, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace), which is the seat of the Florence civic government and political hub of the city — and the original site of the statue. But it’s not the same as experiencing the original statue at the Accademia Gallery.


Bill Petro


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