Get inside the mind of Michelangelo and discover the fascinating story behind the world's most iconic sculpture
duration 1.5 hours
In the world of Renaissance Florence, one man and one sculpture reign supreme. Join art historian Emily to unravel the fascinating story of Michelangelo’s sculpture of David, and find out why the artist’s most famous sculpture would fast become an icon of the Florentine Republic. On this immersive virtual tour we’ll be tracing Michelangelo’s early life from his humble origins in the Tuscan countryside to the rarefied surroundings of the Medici court, where the amazingly precocious sculptor set out on the road to becoming one of the greatest artists the world has ever known. At the heart of our tour is the towering figure of David: discover how Michelangelo transformed a defective block of marble into living stone, and learn how David has stood silent watch as protector of the city for over 500 years. Our virtual tour is the perfect introduction to the art of the Renaissance – join Emily today!
Hi I’m Emily! Originally from Buffalo, NY, my passion for Italian Art brought me to Florence over a decade ago as an undergraduate student during a semester abroad through Boston College. I then went on to complete a Masters in Renaissance Art History at the Syracuse University Florence campus as a Florence Fellow. In addition to the graduate program I successfully the gruelling 800-hour course to become a Licensed Tour Guide. In addition to working as a guide, I lecture as a Professor of Art History at several study abroad centers in Florence.
*** Kindly note that this Saturday tour for the months of July and August are run by our expert Florentine guide Angelo, Emily runs the Wednesday tour ***
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
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In Florence, the passage of time has been stilled. The memories of the great ideas and brilliant artists that propelled this city to the forefront of the Italian Renaissance still echo through its grand streets and imposing palaces, and to the curious traveller it is like being thrust back into an exciting and tumultuous world of poets, philosophers and artists, of preachers, bankers and powerful aristocrats.
Our virtual tour of the city known as the cradle of the Renaissance will see us metaphorically traipse the very streets where these colossal figures of history once walked. First amongst them, of course, was the immortal Michelangelo Buonarotti.
On our tour we’ll be tracing the life of Michelangelo from his humble origins in the Tuscan countryside. Find out how Michelangelo believed his love of sculpture came from being nursed by a stone-cutters wife, and follow his journey to the glittering Medici court as a young man. In the expert virtual company of Emily we’ll get to grips with the precocious Michelangelo’s earliest works that set him on a fast track to fame.
Discover why Michelangelo would soon become the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance, and why contemporaries were convinced that he had been sent from heaven to express the perfection of the divine here on earth. On our virtual tour, you’ll also learn all about the cantankerous sculptor’s irascible personality, and how his thundering terribilità frightened and amazed his contemporaries in equal measure.
At the heart of our virtual Florence tour will be the museum of the Accademia, where the art of Michelangelo takes centre stage. Thanks to Emily’s immersive narration and high-quality images you’ll be able to behold his immaculate David as if you were really there.
Find out how David has been a symbol of the city's power and achievements ever since its unveiling in Piazza della Signoria in 1504. Get into the enigmatic mind of the Biblical hero as he stares proudly beyond our gaze, apparently uninterested in the lives of mere mortals such as we.
David's haughty grandeur stands in stark contrast to the series of unfinished Slaves that form Michelangelo's other contribution to the museum, originally intended for the tomb of his greatest patron, Pope Julius II. See for yourself how the pathos forever trapped in these stone figures vainly struggling to escape their marble prisons is almost unbearable, and in their tortured forms we can begin to understand the complexities and contradictions that animated one of art's greatest geniuses.
We’ll be delving into the complex and fascinating world of marble carving on our virtual tour – Emily will take you through the numerous and time-consuming steps of the process, from quarrying the massive stone blocks right through to the completion of the finished sculpture.
Discover how Michelangelo’s technique differed from his contemporaries, and how his amazingly unerring eye and hand allowed him to achieve effects far beyond the capabilities of other artists – did you know that the marble block out of which he carved the David was considered too damaged for use by an entire generation of sculptors before Michelangelo? Get the full story with Emily!
5.0 (6 reviews)
Wonderful virtual visit
Emily is a fantastic guide and provided a wonderful experience for us as we learned so much about the history of The David in Florence. I highly recommend this online tour!
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Angelo was wonderful! He's a colorful storyteller, so knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor. His virtual tour was the next best thing to being there in Firenze, and so fun to have been on the tour with an international Zoom group! I'm looking forward to his tour of the Duomo and Bapistery today! Thank you, Angelo, that was a fantastic experience!