​About The Accademia Galleria in Florence

​About The Accademia Galleria in Florence

The Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence houses a wide range of curiosities with galleries dedicated to music, botany, and painting techniques. Of course the major draw are the assorted works, primarily sculptures, by the genius that was Michelangiolo.

The Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence houses a wide range of curiosities with galleries dedicated to music, botany, and painting techniques. Of course the major draw are the assorted works, primarily sculptures, by the genius that was Michelangiolo.

The Accademia Gallery: a Florentine Institution

The Accademia Gallery was founded by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, in 1784. It houses various works by Michelangilo and other artworks by Florentine artists, primarily from the period between the 13th and 16th Centuries.

Michelangiolo

There is a famous quote attributed to Michelangiolo which goes something like;


“Pure beauty belongs to everybody”.


Certainly full of beauty, the Accademia Gallery’s most impressive display is located in the Hall of the Prisoners and the Tribune. In this hall you will find a series of unfinished sculptures of ‘slaves’ by Michelangiolo. The hall leads to the tribune where, illuminated by a skylight, you will find Michelangiolo’s foremost masterpiece - David. The magnificent statue is the original and has been housed in the Accademia Gallery since 1873.

Other Exhibits

The Hall of the Colossus is where you will find Giambologna’s stunning marble sculpture; Rape of the Sabine Women. There are also panel paintings by Filippino Lippi, Pontormo, Perugino and Bronzino.

The Museum of Musical Instruments opened in 2001 is the most recent addition to the Accademia Gallery and is a must for anyone who is a partial to opera, theatre or classical music. The museum features a collection of harpsichords, string and wind instruments displayed through interactive and multimedia exhibits which allow visitors to, for example, learn about the invention of the ‘pianoforte’ - a creation of Bartolomeo Cristofori for the Medici Family in 1699.

The Medici

It is hard to talk about Tuscany, in particular Florence, without mentioning the Medici family. A large number of the artworks in the Accademia Gallery were commissioned by or part of the private collection of the Medicis.

The last generations of the Medici family donated many of the works to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany as to allow such magnificent works to be enjoyed by the public. They believed it not only benefitted the Florentine people but also pushed Florentine culture to the wider masses.

The Accademia Gallery is a must-see when in Florence. We offer various tours of Florence which include visits to the Accademia Gallery, such as our Florence Sightseeing & Accademia Gallery tour which comes with a skip-the-line ticket for the Accademia Gallery! Don’t miss out on some of the finest examples of Italian art and cultural heritage.

If you really want to indulge on art whilst in Florence we also offer tours which take in Florence’s most popular art gallery, The Uffizi.

If you have any questions in regards to visiting Florence, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our English speaking team who would be happy to assist.

We look forward to welcoming you to Italy, and Florence in the near future!