Discover the Artworks at Accademia Gallery, Florence

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The Accademia Gallery may be reputed for housing the statue of David. However, a slightly closer look will allow you to discover its exceptional collection comprising several noteworthy artworks by eminent artists. It takes art aficionados and novices alike on a tour of the magnificent history of Florentine art.

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Gipsoteca Bartolini

Sculptures

The collection of sculptures at the Accademia Gallery is dominated by masters like Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, and Giambologna. You will find an endless stream of breathtaking statues displayed in the exquisite Hall of Prisoners. Also, the Gipsoteca Bartolini (Hall of Models) is where you can gaze upon neatly-lined rows of plaster casts and models of Bartolini and Pampaloni’s most distinguished works.  

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Paintings

Accademia Gallery’s art collection includes paintings from the 13th century to the 19th century. Here, you will find Lorenzo Monaco’s late-Gothic artwork along with striking altarpieces from the 1500s and 1600s. You will also be able to view the outstanding Renaissance paintings by Sandro Botticelli, Fra Bartolomeo, and Filippino Lippi as well as the Mannerist masterpieces by Andrea del Sarto and Pontormo. Lastly, the prized collection is rounded off by the magnificent works of 19th-century artists.    

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Musical Instruments

Opened in 2001, the Department of Musical Instruments allows visitors to glance back in time to the musical scene of the Medicean court. The collection of fifty antique musical instruments dating from the 17th to 19th century constitutes an essential part of the artworks at Accademia Gallery.

Do not skip the exciting opportunity to explore the different instruments which, in many cases, were the first prototypes of the musical instruments we love and use today.

Lorenzo Bartolini archives

Historical Archives

The historical archives collections include the Lorenzo Bartolini Historical Archive and the Gatti Kraus Donation.

The Lorenzo Bartolini historical archive contains personal and work correspondence, notebooks with drawings, and printed material from 1810 to 1850. The Musical Instruments Department of the Gallery, on the other hand, houses a collection of books that belonged to Alessandro Kraus, musicologist, anthropologist and great Florentine collector. Donated by Mirella Gatti-Kraus in 2008, the collection includes over 200 volumes on historical-musical topics and 387 opera librettos, with some ancient and rare editions.

Painting

Trebbio Altarpiece by Sandro Botticelli

Trebbio Altarpiece

Artist: Sandro Botticelli

Year: Completed between 1495 and 1497

Location: Hall of Colossus

The Tree of Life by Pacino di Buonaguida

The Tree of Life

Artist: Pacino di Buonaguida

Year: Between 1310 and 1315

Location: Florentine Gothic hall

Coronation of the Virgin by Alessandro Allori

Coronation of the Virgin

Artist: Alessandro Allori

Year: 1593

Location: The Tribune

Saints Stephen, James the Great and Peter by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Saints Stephen, James the Great and Peter

Artist: Domenico Ghirlandaio

Year: 1493

Location: Hall of Colossus

Coronation of the Virgin by Jacopo di Cione

Coronation of the Virgin

Artist: Jacopo di Cione

Year: 1372

Location: Florence Between 1370 and 1430

Sculpture

David by Michelangelo
Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna

Rape of the Sabine Women

Artist: Giambologna

Year: Between 1579 and 1583

Location: Hall of Colossus

Emma and Julia Campbell by Lorenzo Bartolini

Emma and Julia Campbell

Artist: Lorenzo Bartolini

Year: Between 1819 and 1827

Location: Hall of the Prisoners

Prisoners or Slave by Michelangelo

Prisoners or Slave

Artist: Michelangelo

Year: Between 1520 and 1534

Location: Hall of Prisoners.

Young Boy with Dog by Luigi Pampaloni, Accademia Artworks

Young Boy with Dog

Artist: Luigi Pampaloni

Year: 1827

Location: Hall of the Colossus

Musical Instruments

Tenor Viola by Antonio Stradivari

Tenor Viola

Artist: Antonio Stradivari

Year: 1690

Location: Museum of Musical Instruments

Marble Salterio by Michele Antonio Grandi, Accademia Artworks

Marble Salterio

Artist: Michele Antonio Grandi

Year: 1700

Location: Museum of Musical Instruments

Oval Spinetta by Bartolomeo Cristofori

Oval Spinetta

Artist: Bartolomeo Cristofori

Year: 1690

Location: Museum of Musical Instruments

Serpentone by Lorenzo Cerino

Serpentone

Artist: Lorenzo Cerino

Year: 1799

Location: Museum of Musical Instruments

Vertical Piano by Domenico del Mela, Accademia Artworks

Vertical Piano

Artist: Domenico del Mela

Year: 1739

Location: Museum of Musical Instruments

Historical Archives

The Lorenzo Bartolini Historical Archive

The archive contains a vast collection of letters related to art commissions, legal documents, and drafts from 1810 until 1850, the year of his death. Additionally, it offers a look at his personal notebooks which contain detailed drawings of his most cherished works. With a detailed inventory, the archive provides an insight into the last few decades of the famous sculptor’s life.

Gatti Krauss Donation

The Gatti Krauss Donation was started in honor of Alessandro Kraus, a prominent musicologist, collector, and anthropologist from the 19th century. The Accademia museum received a generous donation by his heir, Mirella Gatti-Kraus in 2008 and, since then, it has expanded the collection even further. Visitors can now skim through the vast collection of music monographs, around 200 volumes on music history, and some extremely rare opera librettos.

Visitor Tips

  • Choose a combo ticket that allows you to visit Accademia and Uffizi Gallery for a discounted price. 
  • Visit during the off-season from October to April to avoid large crowds. 
  • On weekdays, it would be best to arrive either early in the morning or late in the evening to beat the crowd. 
  • Begin your tour of the Accademia Gallery from the top floor and work your way down.
  • Opt for a guided tour to get the latest up-to-date information on the artworks on display.
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Q. What types of work are a part of the Accademia collection?

A. The Accademia gallery artworks comprise paintings, sculptures, musical instruments and historical archives, predominantly from Florentine artists.

Q. What are the best artworks from the Accademia collection?

A. The Statue of David, Rape of the Sabine Women, the Trebbio Altarpiece, and the Tree of life are some of the best artworks from the Accademia collection.

Q. What are the most famous paintings at Accademia Gallery?

A. Coronation of the Virgin by Jacopo di Cione, Annunciation by Allori, Venus and Cupid by Pontormo are among the most famous paintings at Accademia Gallery.

Q. What are the most famous sculptures at Accademia Gallery?

A. Michelangelo’s David and Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women are arguably the most famous sculptures at the Accademia Gallery.

Q. How many musical instruments are there in the Accademia Gallery?

A. The Accademia Gallery currently houses 50 musical instruments dating from the 17th to 19th century.

Q. What historical archives are on display at the Accademia Gallery?

A. The archives dedicated to Florentine sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini and musicologist Alessandro Krauss are on display at the Accademia Gallery.

Q. What is Accademia Gallery famous for?

A. The Accademia Gallery is famous for housing some of the world's most renowned sculptures by the legendary Italian artist, Michelangelo, including, the statue of David.

Q. How much are Accademia Gallery tickets?

A. The average price for Accademia tickets is 12€. But, EU citizens between 18-25 years can avail the tickets for 2€

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