Galleria dell'Accademia

The Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, or "Gallery of the Academy of Florence", is an art museum in Florence, Italy. It is best known as the home of Michelangelo's sculpture David. It also has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period 1300–1600 (the Trecento to the Late Renaissance). It is smaller and more specialized than the Uffizi, the main art museum in Florence. It adjoins the Accademia di Belle Arti or academy of fine arts of Florence, but despite the name has no other connection with it.

In 2016, it had 1.46 million visitors, making it the second-most-visited art museum in Italy, after the Uffizi (2.02 million).

 Exterior of the gallery

The Galleria dell'Accademia was founded in 1784 by Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

In 2001 the "Museo degli strumenti musicali" collection opened. It includes musical instruments made by Stradivarius, Niccolò Amati and Bartolomeo Cristofori which were acquired by the Florence Conservatory.

In 2023, the museum successfully sued a magazine publisher for using an image of Michelangelo's David without the museum's permission, even though the artwork (which is physically in the museum) belongs to the public domain.[1][2] The museum also objected to GQ Italia using a lenticular cover to switch between an image of the statue and Pietro Boselli.[2]

^ Dafoe, Taylor (1 June 2023). "A Florence Museum Won Its Lawsuit Against a Publisher That Used a 'Mortifying and Humiliating' Image of Michelangelo's 'David'". Artnet News. ^ a b Bandara, Pesala (5 June 2023). "Museum Wins Lawsuit Over Photo of Michelangelo's David". PetaPixel. Retrieved 6 June 2023. 
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