“I am still learning” – is what Michelangelo wrote on a sketch he was making at the age of 87. He was one of the geniuses in the Italian Renaissance era who had created many masterpieces that still take people’s breath away until today. Michelangelo was one of the artists taken under the wing of Lorenzo de Medici, the city’s ruler and patron of arts. Lorenzo was impressed with Michelangelo’s talent and invited the 15-year-old artist to live in Palazzo Medici. We can find a lot of his works all over Florence, from Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Medici Chapels, Church of San Lorenzo to museums like Opera del Duomo, Accademia and Uffizi Galleries.
Some of his most famous masterpieces was Pietà (housed in Basilica San Pietro, Vatican) and Davide (or David in English), currently housed in Galleria dell’Accademia. The 5-meter tall naked man statue completed in 1504 was made from a single marble block from Carrara, Tuscany. It was originally placed in Piazza della Signoria, just right outside Palazzo Vecchio, and later in 1873 was transferred to Accademia. Now there is a smaller copy of Davide placed in the exact same spot in that Piazza.
The Hall of Models
Accademia is also home to various paintings, antique musical instruments (you can listen to the music in the PC provided) and Gothic style panel paintings from the 14th century by Jacopo di Cione (again, I forgot to take some pictures!!). There is a room called The Hall of Models (Gipsoteca Bartolini) that displays paintings and a lot of plaster sculptures created by Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni in the 19th century. Check these out!