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History of the Accademia Gallery | From an Art School to a World-Renowned Museum

The story of Accademia Gallery goes back to 1784, boasting of a rich and fascinating past of Italy while serving as a bastion of cultural heritage and a testament to the timeless beauty of Renaissance art. While its inception was on humble grounds, today, it has become one of the world’s most renowned museums, offering an unrivaled glimpse into the genius of Michelangelo, Botticelli, and several other celebrated artists.

18th Century

18th Century

Establishment as an Academy for Artists

The Accademia Gallery was founded by Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Tuscany in 1784 as a teaching facility for the students of the Academy of Fine Arts. The Gallery was built on the spaces of the Hospital of Saint Matthew and the Convent of Saint Niccolo’ of Cafaggio. The walls of this place initially displayed the antic artworks which acted as didactic models for the students. It became a space for young artists to learn and practice their craft.

Addition of the Statue of David
Expansion of the Gallery

Late 20th Century

Expansion of the Gallery

In 1909 Michelangelo’s Prisoners was added to the collection in addition to tapestries, sculptures and paintings that led to a rearrangement of the gallery. Around the 1950s the Byzantine rooms were opened, which featured 1300 panel paintings together with The Hall of Colossus. The plaster cast models of Lorenzo Bartolini were added to the museum in the 1980s, which were housed in the 19th century room, previously used as a women's ward in St. Matthew’s Hospital.




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Q. How old is the Accademia Art Gallery?

A. The Accademia Art Gallery was built in the year 1784, which makes it more than 2 centuries old.

Q. Where is the Accademia Gallery located?

A. The Accademia Gallery is located in Florence, Italy.

Q. What is Accademia Gallery famous for?

A. Accademia Gallery is famous for the several Michelangelo artworks which are preserved here. Primarily the statue of David which was moved from Piazza Della Signoria in 1874 to Accademia Galleria.

Q. Who founded the Accademia Gallery?

A. Grand Duke of Tuscany, Peter Leopold founded the Accademia Gallery.

Q. In which year was the statue of David brough to Accademia Galleyr?

A. Michelangelo's statue of David was brought to Accademia Gallery in 1873

Q. In which year was Michelangelo's Prisoners added to Accademia Gallery ?

A. Michelangelo's Prisoners was added to Accademia Gallery in 1909

Q. Where is Accademia Gallery built?

A. The Gallery was built on the space of the Hospital of Saint Matthew and the Convent of Saint Niccolo' of Cafaggio.