About your tour
Founded in 1563 by one of the world's great patrons of the arts, Cosimo I de' Medici, the Accademia was a combination of the 'Company' a working guild for professional artists and the 'Academy', a school housing the great artist of the time who worked and supervised artistic production.
In 1784 these schools were combined into one institution The Accademia di Belle Arti we know today. The Accademia Gallery Tour takes in not only the world famous 'David' (the real David - the statue now in the original location on Piazza della Signoria was replaced by a replica in 1873 when the work was moved to the gallery for safekeeping) one of Michelangelo's most famous masterpieces, but also showcases what Florence is probably most famous for, 15th and 16th century renaissance art.
Being the first European school of arts so to speak, its influence on one of the greatest periods of European culture cannot be underestimated. The Florentine patronage of great artists was one of the physical catalysts that began this cultural 'snowball' effect, as great painters and sculptors were drawn to the city and their influence on younger creative minds led to an explosion of creative talent and production.
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