MICHELANGELO TOUR: ALL ABOUT THE MAESTRO. THE BARGELLO, THE ACCADEMIA AND THE MEDICI CHAPELS
With the Michelangelo Tour you will discover the genius of Michelangelo, who has mainly made sculptures here in Florence. His works are held in three museums, among the most important ones in the city: the Bargello National Museum, the Accademia Gallery and the Medici Chapels (New Sacresty).
What we see together:
- Bargello National Museum. Originally, the building served as the Florentine prison and was built in the 13th century following the will of the Captain of people (Capitano del Popolo). Later, the Bargello became the seat of the Council of Justice; from 1865 it was turned into a national museum and now some masterpieces by Michelangelo are preserved here: the Bacchus, the Brutus, the David-Apollo and the Pitti Tondo by Michelangelo. Some other awesome works are here, such as the wonderful bronze statue of David by Donatello and the David by Verrocchio.
- The Accademia Gallery is the emblem of Florence museums. You will marvel at the statue of David by Michelangelo and you will discover its story from 1501 to 1504, when the statue was moved to Piazza della Signoria. Also, the museum houses the famous and unfinished Prigioni by Michelangelo, which were commissioned for the tomb of Giulio II and are still trapped in the unfinished marble.
- The Medici Chapels, to round off our tour. The Medici Chapels represent the mausoleum of the Medici family and were built next to the church of San Lorenzo, where Michelangelo worked for many years to realize the New Sacristy. Michelangelo produced the monumental tombs with allegorical figures of time to represent the triumph of the Medici family over the passing of time. In particular, the artist realized Night and Day on the tomb of Giuliano duke of Nemours and Dusk and Dawn on the tomb of Lorenzo duke of Urbino.