May 14, 2008

David at the Galleria dell’Accademia

Posted in museums at 2:48 pm by classicalmusic

The Galleria dell’Accademia is located in the San Marco quarter of Florence and, outwardly, is not especially an impressive building.  However, once inside, you will find yourself holding your breath at the beauty in the main gallery.  This main gallery holds the strong and powerful figures of Michelangelo’s Four Slaves and St. Matthew.  All five sculptures are unfinished and the figures seem to be struggling to release themselves from the marble surrounding them.  However, these figures are not what the viewer sees at first glance when he enters the gallery.

At the far end of the long hall, in a specially designed apse-like space, is the magnificent Michelangelo David.  This monumental figure is so inexpressibly beautiful that you simply cannot breathe when you look upon it.  No photograph nor replica can give you the feeling of strength, youth and beauty that the actual real sculpture does.  Michelangelo was only 26 when he began working on David and it took him three years to complete the statue.  David seems to be poised to go into battle with Goliath, although some experts feel that it is David after he has conquered Goliath contemplating his victory.

Whatever interpretation you wish to give it, the David is a glorious representation of youthful beauty.