The Hall of the Colossus contains paintings dating back to the 15th and 16th century from Florentine churches, by artists such as Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, and Perugino. The hall also includes a central plaster model by Giambologna for the Rape of the Sabines.
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.
Top tour highlights
The Hall of the Prisoners is home to the unfinished statues of Michelangelo, and takes its name from four large sculptures known as the Prisoners, Slaves, or Captives.
The Tribune is home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, along with other 16th century artists including Cecchino Salviati, Bronzino, and Allori amongst many other important works of art.
Hall of the Musical Instruments is host to about 50 musical instruments belonging to the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory from the Grand Ducal collection.