Michelangelo’s sculpture David, one of the most famous statues in the world, is housed at the Galleria Accademia and I went to visit it this morning. It’s an incredible piece of work and much larger than I had imagined, standing at 17 feet tall. Michelangelo’s masterpiece depicts the physically perfect David, the Biblical hero who killed the giant Goliath with a slingshot. The sculpture shows him standing with the sling over his shoulder.
There are other great works by Michelangelo in this museum, most notably the series of slave sculptures which are half completed showing the slaves wrestling with the stone that encases them - trying to free themselves from the stone and their slavery - a brilliant concept.