The masterpiece of Michelangelo - David
First things first !
Uffizi Gallery is the main museum of the city and the most important museum of renassance in the world. It's quite large as is situated where there used to be the amministration offices ( Uffici) of Medici family regarding the whole city of Florence. We suggest you start your visit in the morning from Uffizi Gallery because you will probably be too tired to do anything else eccept lunch after that!
Contrary to Uffizi Gallery , Academy is a quite smaller museum. The most important attraction undoupthably is David! Even if you had seen fotos or copies , nothing can match slightly to the original. An incredible force and autenticity comes right out from this block of marble to your soul!
The Museum has a remarkable collection of sculpture and works of art. It occupies an impressive building built for the Capitano del Popolo in the mid-13th century, which later became the seat of the Podestà and Council of Justice.
Since 1865 the palazzo houses the National Museum, bringing
together many important Renaissance sculptures, including masterpieces by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo and Cellini. The museum was subsequently enriched with splendid collections of bronzes, majolica, waxes, enamels, medals, seals, ivories, amber, tapestries, furniture and textiles from the Medici collections and those of private donors.
The beautiful Cappella Brancacci is a small chapel within the otherwise pretty plain Santa Maria del Carmine Church (due to the fact that most of the church was destroyed in a fire in 1771). It is considered a miracle that the Brancacci and Corsini Chapels survived the intense fire that destroyed everything else in less than 4 hours. The Church belongs to the Carmelite order, and like San Lorenzo, offers an unfinished façade.
The close view and visit of the chapel can only be accomplished by passing through the cloisters and not from the church. So what is inside this little chapel?
Inside the chapel you will be able to admire two layers of frescoes commissioned in 1424 by Felice Brancacci, a wealthy Florentine merchant and statesman. The frescoes illustrate the life of St. Peter, who can be identified by his orange gown.
The frescoes were designed by Masolino da Panicale, who began painting them with his pupil Masaccio. In 1428 Masaccio took over from Masolino and, unfortunately, died later that same year, aged only 27! The remaining parts were completed by Filippino Lippi only much later in the 1480s.
The chapel was recently superbly restored, with the removal of accumulated candle soot and layers of 18th century egg-based gum which had formed a mold. The frescoes have an intense radiance, making it possible to see very clearly the shifts in emphasis between Masolino's work and that of Masaccio (contrast the serenity of Masolino's Temptation of Adam and Eve with the excruciating agony of Masaccio's Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise).
A visit to the Brancacci is a must, especially if you're an art student and love art history to study the revolution of Masaccio's genius! We can only wonder what other masterpieces he would have created had he lived longer.
The begining of Renaissance
We can book the entrance for you , to the main museums of Florence
so that you can avoid the long queues and have more time to relax and enjoy!
We just need to know from you , at least 2 weeks in advance if is during high season at what time of the day approximately
you wish to visit the museums.