Florence: Accademia and the David
Housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia, the David statue captures all of the superlatives: is it simply AMAZING. After entering the museum you start making your way with the masses (yes, it will be crowded!) and then you round a corner and there it is–at the end of a long corridor is the statue that you’ve seen reproduced countless times from t-shirts to keychains with David’s “junk”–for lack of a better word!
Even though it is crowded, just stay with the masses. A space will open up. The David statue deserves contemplation. Slowly move around taking it all in–front view, side view, back view. Look at David’s hands, his veins, his neck, his head titled in one direction. Analyze it. What does it mean?
Also, for those of you taking photos and selfies with the David statue outside of the Palazzo Vecchio: that’s a replica. The Accademia houses the real thing!
You can (and should) easily spend just 20-30 minutes gawking at David. The rest of the museum has some fine sculptures and is heavy on religious paintings from the 1200s-1500s.
Here are some photos from the Accademia:
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