Michelangelo's David is one of the main tourist attractions in Florence. This page includes a description of Michelangelo's David and information on tours of the Accademia museum to see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo.
MichelAngelo's David is featured on our Original Renaissance Walking Tours
We also offer a Private MichelAngelo walking tours of Florence that features many works by the great artist.
Upon entering the Gallery of the Accademia the sheer colossal size of MichelAngelo's statue of David literally dominates the whole collection. Sitting in a vaulted space that allows the visitor a free and unecumbered view of the statue from all angles, the grandeur of the statue is further enhanced by the statues turned head and intense gaze.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence, MichelAngelo's David had a very checkered past. The masterpiece was sculptured by MichelAngelo for a commission provided by the Opera del Duomo.
The block of marble from which MichelAngelo carved David was rejected by other sculpturors because of the numeorus veins that ran through the stone, where the stone could fracture easily making the work of the sculpture almost impossible.
It's incredible to think that not only did MichelAngelo overcome these probelms, but actually utlized 85% of the stone from the original slab of marble in the finished statue of David. Upon completion the importance of the statue was immediately realized when a commission that included Leonardo di Vinci, Botticelli and other great artists decided to place the Statue of David just outside the front door of the Palazzo Vecchio.
The Statue was quickly heralded as a symbol of the city of Florence that represented the liberty of the city in the form of the sacred figure of David. And the placement at the “entrance of the Palace of the Lords” have strong civic overtomes that gave a physical representation of the pride and beliefs of the Florentines.
The perfection of the physical details of David, despite the statues immense proprotions, reflect the studies of a young MichelAngelo of anatomy on cadavers which was trictly forbidden at that time. This particular eye for detail that so epitomizes the work of MichelAngelo is also apparent on the rear of the Statue which is quite exceptional in the fact that most statues at those times were built to stand in a niche or with their back to a wall and so most sculptures paid little attnetion to detail on this part of a statue. But, because MichelAngelo had no idea where this statue would eventually stand he created a truly complete work of art.
On a daily basis, except Mondays when the gallery of the Accademia is closed, join our Original Renaissance Walk which includes a visit to the Accademia to view and discuss MichelAngelo's David. As well as time to admire other important sculptures by MichelAngelo that are housed in this important Florence museum.