The Galleria dell’Accademia is the home to arguably the most famous sculpture in the world: Michelangelo’s “David.” Since I took Art History class in high school, seeing this sculpture has been near the top of my bucket list and it did not disappoint. I rushed through the first room of paintings and made my way straight to the masterpiece. My jaw dropped as I looked at this masterpiece that was sculpted by the hand of Michelangelo more than half a century ago between 1501 and 1504. The obligatory pictures were taken and I took a moment to stare at the detailed veins in his hands and the beautiful curvature of his body. I probably could have looked at “David” for the entire afternoon if there weren’t other things to do!
I also really enjoyed seeing the unfinished sculptures of Michelangelo. It reminded me of Michelangelo’s philosophy on sculpting. He believed that, “every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” When thinking of sculptures and statues in that way, I see a different beauty to them that I wouldn’t have before.
Another part of the museum held an amazing collection of instruments, which were collected by Ferdinando de’ Medici. I should not have been surprised to see the Medici crest on yet another aspect of art. According to the placards in the museum, Ferdinando de’ Medici collected one of the most extraordinary collections of musical instruments in Europe in only a few years. It seems like being associated with the extraordinary was a habit for the Medici Family.
Visiting the Galleria dell’Accademia was an incredible experience and I look forward to the time when I can visit again!