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The scale of the David statue is so impressive (OC)


The scale of the David statue is so impressive (OC)



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  • hhyyerr

    Florence is an art lovers dream. You could easily spend two weeks or more here visiting a new museum filled with wondrous works of art, artifacts and odes to religious devotion.

    Connecting various parts of the globe through their expansive trade network, Florence was the site of one of the major artistic movements that help define the Renaissance. Traders and merchants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia were drawn into the networks of finance that the Medici family controlled making Florence a true cosmopolitan center of cultural exchange. The influx of wealth and transfusion of cultures coupled with the rediscovery and appreciation of the Classics helped place Florence at the center of this new emerging style.

    This period of artistic creation and cultural change saw such names as Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Machiavelli pass through and make their mark on this city

    Today the city is incredibly walkable and easy to navigate, especially with the massive Duomo Cathedral to help guide your way around the streets. Almost all the other buildings were the same height, nothing overwhelming, built to a very human scale. You don’t even need to use public transit to get around town. You can simply walk from one museum or site to the next.

    Plus the food! Simply the best sandwiches I’ve ever had with the most divine cuts of meat. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to soak in a museum of medieval and renaissance artifacts then stroll along the river with prosciutto and fresh figs in hand.

    The David statue left us staring in amazement alongside the other visitors. This sculpture is world famous for great reason, it is a marvelous carving with incredibly lifelike features. I simply could not stop staring at the intricacy of the sculpted hands. His pose is triumphant yet relaxed. Did he just kill Goliath or is he just about to complete this memorialized feat?

    One recommendation we have when visiting the David statue in the Accademia Gallery is to continue upstairs, not to exit after seeing the ground floor. Everyone comes for the colossal giant slayer but the signage pointing guests up towards the dim staircase is virtually nonexistent.

    You’ll be rewarded with views of the some of the most intricately carved wooden pieces crafted in the 1300’s and 1400 without any crowds. Painted in bright colors with stunning gold trim, these panels tell religious stories to a mostly illiterate population and help highlight the wealth, power and authority of the church in the Gothic Era. You can trace the emergence of the Renaissance artistic styles and appreciate just how influential Florence was in a relatively secluded space.

    For more info on the gallery check out this page on the exhibits [here.](https://www.accademia.org/explore-museum/halls/florence-1370-1430/)

    We have more recommendations and tips for Florence, Sienna and Tuscany in general [here](https://nowweexplore.com/2021/11/12/top-things-to-do-in-florence-and-tuscany/) if you’re interested!

  • gokusfart

    …. and here come the penis references. First fact anyone usually says about the statue of David: “oh ya the naked statue with his penis hanging out, right?”

  • Pretend-Ad-1186

    When I went to see this I remember noticing a lady enter as I was walking back out and her jaw literally drop when she looked at it.

  • yngsten

    I was there in my early teens, amazing sight and amazing place. Seeing people cry while beholding the statue was powerful. There is a lot of amazing art inside.

  • MycologistPutrid7494

    Fun fact: the statue is designed to look proportional from the ground looking up. Viewed straight on and it’s head is huge.

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