The next stop on my first day here in Florence was to the Galleria dell’Accademia, which is the home of Michelangelo’s DAVID.
A little history courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art. “When in Rome at the end of the 15th Century, Michelangelo carved the first of his major works, the Bacchus (Florence, Bargello) and the St Peter’s Pietà, which was completed by the turn of the century. It is highly finished and shows that he had already mastered anatomy and the disposition of drapery, but above all it shows that he had solved the problem of the representation of a full-grown man stretched out nearly horizontally on the lap of a woman, the whole being contained in a pyramidal shape.
The Pietà made his name and he returned to Florence in 1501 as a famous sculptor, remaining there until 1505. During these years he was extremely active, carving the gigantic David (1501-4, now in the Accademia), the Bruges Madonna (Bruges, Notre Dame), and beginning the series of the Twelve Apostles for the Cathedral which was commissioned in 1503 but never completed (the St Matthew now in the Accademia is the only one which was even blocked in). At about this time he painted the Doni Tondo of the Holy Family with St John the Baptist (Florence, Uffizi) and made the two marble tondi of the Madonna and Child (Florence, Bargello; London, Royal Academy). You can visit the Web Gallery of Art and the Polo Museale for more photos and information. I didn’t take photos in this museum. I didn’t see any signs posted prohibiting photo taking, but since no one else was taking pics and there are so many available online, I figured I’d pass on playing camp photog on this one.