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Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo was just 26 years old when he took on the daunting task of tackling the enormous block of gleaming Carrara marble that so many other sculptors had abandoned, but as the most sought after and best paid artist of his day he accepted the challenge of sculpting a David without delay.

Created between 1501 and 1504, this massive statue was originally commissioned to adorn the Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, but when it was finally unveiled its revolutionary depiction of the biblical hero before the moment he kills Goliath and the raw perfection it portrayed were instantly recognized as nothing less than extraordinary.

As a result, the statue of David was moved to the political heart of Florence in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, becoming a symbol of Florentine power and independence. It was moved to the Accademia Gallery in 1873 to preserve him for generations to come. Find out the whole story on our Best of Florence and Florence Full Day tours with skip the line access.

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 Accademia Gallery

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 08:15 to 18:50
  • Closed Mondays and Some Public Holidays

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