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Michelangelo's David



MICHELANGELO AND THE DAVID ACCADEMIA GALLERY 

Discover with us Florence and one of its treasures: Accademia Gallery. Our itinerary includes 1 hour of Michelangelo thematic tour around the city and 2 hours tour of Accademia Gallery.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

* Throughout the tour, you will be guided by an expert in History or Art history, who will help you to discover our Florence. You can choose the language you prefer...we have 14 different languages available!
* You can choose the departure point: you can meet you guide at the Travel Agency or, if you prefer, he can pick you up in your hotel!
* If you are a small party, then this is the tour for you...you own guide all over Florence!
* Admission to museums indicated is included.
* Prices for group:
o 1 up to 10 persons :
+ guide € 200
+ museum tickets: € 15.8 for each person
o 11 up to 20 persons :
+ guide € 170
+ museum tickets: € 15.88 for each person
o over 20 persons :
+ guide € 170 + € 2.75 for each person over the 20th.
+ museum tickets: € 15.88 for each person

Michelangelo Buonaroti (1475-1564) exerted enormous influence. He, too, was universally acknowledged as a supreme artist in his own lifetime, but again, his followers all too often present us with only the master's outward manner, his muscularity and gigantic grandeur; they miss the inspiration. Sebastiano del Piombo (c.1485-1547), for example, actually used a drawing (at least a sketch) made for him by Michelangelo for his masterwork, The Raising of Lazarus. Masterwork it is; yet how melodramatic it appears if compared with Michelangelo's own painting. Michelangelo resisted the paintbrush, vowing with his characteristic vehemence that his sole tool was the chisel.
As a well-born Florentine, a member of the minor aristocracy, he was temperamentally resistant to coercion at any time. Only the power of the pope, tyranical by position and by nature, forced him to the Sistine and the reluctant achievement of the world's greatest single fresco. His contemporaries spoke about his terribilitΰ, which means, of course, not so much being terrible as being awesome. There has never been a more literally awesome artist than Michelangelo: awesome in the scope of his imagination, awesome in his awareness of the significance of beauty. Beauty was to him divine, one of the ways God communicated Himself to humanity. Like Leonardo, Michelangelo too had a good Florentine teacher, the delightful Domenico Ghirlandaio (c.1448-94). Later, he was to claim that he never had a teacher, and figuratively, this is a meaningful enough statement. However, his handling of the claw chisel does reveal his debt to Ghirlandaio's early influence, and this is evident in the cross-hatching of Michelangelo's drawings--a technique he undoubtedly learned from his master. The gentle accomplishments of a work like The Birth of John the Baptist bear not the slightest resemblance to the huge intelligence of an early work of Michelangelo's like The Holy Family, also known as the Doni Tondo. This is somehow not an attractive picture with its chilly, remote beauty, but its stark power stays in the mind when more acessible paintings have been forgotten.

David is the most known of his masterpieces. Michelangelo began work on the colossal figure of David in 1501, and by 1504 the sculpture (standing at 4.34m/14 ft 3 in tall) was in place outside the Palazzo Vecchio. The choice of David was supposed to reflect the power and determination of Republican Florence and was under constant attack from supporters of the usurped Medicis. In the 19th century the statue was moved to the Accademia.






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