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Museums in Florence: the ACCADEMY GALLERY

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Accademy Gallery

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Sala del Quattrocento
Galleria dei Prigioni
Tribuna del David
Sala del Duecento e del primo Trecento
Sala degli Orcagna e dei loro seguaci
Sala dei Giotteschi
Sala dell ' Ottocento
Sala di Giovanni da Milano
Sala del Tardo Trecento
Sala di Lorenzo Monaco
Sala del Gotico Internazionale

The most enlightenend prince of the Lorraine family that ruled over Tuscany for over a century, the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo, united in 1784 all the Florentine drawing schools into one "Academy". He also founded a gallery to exhibit paintings with the aim of facilitating the study of the Academy´s pupils.

The seat chosen is the present location of the Museum, a building that originally housed the "Hospital of St. Matthew", enlarged in time through the addition of several adjoining spaces. The consistency and composition of the collection displayed in this museum has changed 0ver time due to the addition of works of art removed from suppressed convents, but also due to loss of works temporarily given or returned to other Florentine museums, in particular to the Uffizi (Bottlicelli´s "Primavera" was displayed here for many years).

Over time the Gallery has become one of the main museums in town, also thanks to the acquisition of some extraordinary masterpieces, such as the "Pièta" by Giovanni da Milano (14th century); the "Annunciation" by Lorenzo Monaco (15th century); the splendid frontal called "Cassone Adimari"showing a sumptuous marriage procession (c. 1450) and the "Madonna of the Sea"attributed to Botticelli (1445-1510). In 1873, when Michelangelo´s David was exhibited for the first time on a specially arranged tribune. For protection purposes, the statue was in fact removed from Piazza Signoria where it had represented for over four centuries the strengh and dignity of the Florentine Republic.

In the early years of the 20th century, this statue was joined by other extraordinary works of art by the same artist, such as "St. Matthew"and the four "Prisoners" originally made for the tomb of Pope Julius II in Rome, but placed in the grotto of the Boboli gardens at the end of the 15th century, and finally by the "Pietà di Palestrina" (whose attribution to the master is still somehow controversial). A capillary organisation and restoration of some of the rooms on the upper floor have allowed the museum to recently integrate the collection with a series of paintings from the 14th to the 16th centuries and to open a room displaying the chalk models of famous 19th century sculptors like Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni.

Accademy Gallery: Raffaello Sanzio, St. John the Baptist
Raffaello Sanzio
St John the Baptist
Accademy Gallery: grave monuments to Julius II
Design for the grave monument to Julius II in Rome
captives should have been placed
in the lower part of the monument.
Accademy Gallery: the Prisoners' Corridor of the Accademy Gallery in Florence
The Prisoner's corridor
Accademy Gallery: Michelangelo, David 

The David

Accademy Gallery: Michelangelo, Pieta Palestrina

Pietà Palestrina 

Accademy Gallery: sculptures of captives

The gallery contains four sculptures of captives, unfinished works of art which were intended to adorn the grave of Pope Julius II in Rome.

In this museum see also:
Musical Instruments

The Superintendent of Culture has received and relocated the splendid collection of Medici and Loraine musical instruments owned by the Cherubini Conservatory, giving them a permanent space in the Academy museum. The exhibit is therefore a way to greet a museum within a museum and to offer to the visitors a journey through the world of sound inside the world of art and culture.

Next to the musical instruments there are numerous paintings, such as the four canvases of Anton Domenico Gabbiani (1657 - 1726) that depict musicians at the court of Ferdinando Medici with their instruments, or the paintings of Bartolomeo Bimbi and Cristoforo Munari. Multimedia work stations allow further fascinating study by means of an easy-to-use CD-rom in Italian and English.

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