Michelangelo’s The Four Captives

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The Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze, also known as Academy of Beautiful Art of Florence, was historically known as ‘a school of art.’ Students have studied art at this academy since the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopold, collected numerous schools under one roof in 1784. The roots of the academy date back further to the Academy of Art Design, founded in 1561. Yet, for the holidaymaker and other visitors, it’s the numerous art galleries that attract attention. There’s extensive works of art, with paintings ranging from the years 1200s through the 1500s.

Not the least of these are 24 panels by Taddeo Gaddi that exhibit scenes from the life of Jesus. The Gallery houses works by Uccello, Ghirlandaio, del Sarto and Botticelli as well. Spectacular paintings by Lo Scheggia, continues to attract a wide audience as well as providing fine art students with old masters to emulate. His work named Cassone Adimari that he painted in the 1440s has the admiration of many.

Nonetheless, unquestionably the works on exhibit that attract the largest groups of holidaymakers is Michelangelo’s – David and a collection of sculptures qnd busts, and in particular. At the far end of the gallery’s left wing is a 19th century exhibit and one wall that is decorated with plaster casts, historic busts, and sculptures. The gallery provides fine art students with numerous archetypes to emulate, and the gallery is of interest to art lovers who might only look, but cannot create. The best part here is the unique ‘plaster’ of the work; Rape of the Sabine Women done by Giambologna. The original finished marble piece is in the Loggia dei Lanzi.

Further along the main hallway guests will encounter quite a few still unfinished art workscreated by the great master, Michelangelo and his ‘The Four Captives’ (or Slaves) that is unfinished. Art scholars have debated whether they’re unfinished or intentionally left, with only certain features defined. However, admirers of the art of sculpture will just gaze in awe at what even a partial work, those genius fingers could fashion. This provides a glimpse into the working techniques of one of the greatest artists in history.

At the far end of the hallway on a custom-built stage, it was called the tribune: ‘Thee David.’ finished in 1504, it was completed by an artist less than thirty years old. The sculpture by Michelangelo found had made the most celebrated piece of three diminutional art in the world from a 16-foot piece of discarded stone. In recent history, “Thee David” survived an attacked in 1991, by a disturbed person with a hammer. David’s toes became harmed and now the statue resideds behind a Plexiglas barrier. Nonetheless, guests to the gallery can still view the monument. One can almost feel the warmth from a living being as the David stands in a relaxed but alert pose, ready for battle.

There is always a crowd in front of the Plexiglas barrier so be prepared to jostle your way through the throng. Even though Davis originally resided at the Piazza del Signoria in 1873 for four hundred years in the sun and air, it is still the undisputed pinnacle of art in a city filled with outstanding works of art. They have placed a copy of David at the Piazza del Signoria where once the original was.

Troy Isgen’s news stories can be discovered on lots of online publications with reference to Tuscany agritourism. From his writings on Tuscany tours and Tuscany hiking tour the author expressed his know-how in the area.


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