Michelangelo was only 26 years old when he was commissioned to take on the challenge of turning an old block of Carrara marble into the David (representing a nude King David). He spent two years sculpting the statue. When it was completed in 1504, Michelangelo’s David was moved to the front of the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio. It stood out there in the weather until, finally, it was moved to the Accademia Gallery in 1873 to protect it from damage.
What – I can’t take photos of Michelangelo’s David?
I was looking forward to seeing this magnificent sculpture as we headed by taxi to the gallery. Unfortunately, they do not allow photos in the gallery. There are signs posted around reminding you of that fact. Bah Humbug! No pictures allowed? Traveling all the way to Italy and not being allowed to get pictures was a rude surprise. I suppose they have their reasons (not sure what they would be), but I wanted a photo album of what I saw at the gallery. I especially wanted to photograph Michelangelo’s David. You will too, I’m sure. We saw a number of people taking photos anyway, so I guess they won’t arrest you! At my wife’s insistence, I snapped a couple of pictures so we wouldn’t have to go home empty-handed.
The blocks of marble called “The Prisoners” are just unfinished sculptures by Michelangelo. They seem almost alive as you look at them. As if a man would slowly extricate himself from the stone block. There are rough chisel marks on the stone and that is what makes the sculptures so imaginative. You feel like a person will emerge and come to life. It’s a little bit of an eerie feeling. But I liked browsing through the rough stones.
Travel Tip: To get into the gallery faster and easier, reserve a time online. That way, you will avoid waiting in a long line for tickets. Reserve at this website. Always reserve in advance if this option is available.