The Divine Michelangelo: Accademia Gallery and Medici Chapels
Sites visited: Accademia Gallery and Medici Chapels
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
This lecture will begin in the Accademia Gallery, the 19th century museum built to house Michelangelo’s David, known in Florence as “Il Gigante”. This sculpture has been heralded as arguably the greatest expression of sculpture of all time.
We shall dissect all aspects of the David’s style and history while standing in its great shadow.
This lecture will also include Michelangelo’s New Sacristy within the Medici Chapels. Here we will encounter not only Michelangelo as sculptor, but also Michelangelo as architect. Working for the Medici Popes Leo X and Clement VII, Michelangelo designed one of the most innovative Renaissance interior spaces into which he incorporated his allegorical sculptures of the “Times of the Day”.
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