A special evening for Michelangelo's birthday at the Accademia Gallery in Florence

The Accademia Gallery in Florence celebrates Michelangelo Buonarroti's birthday with a special evening, an extraordinary opening from 7 to 10 p.m. reserved for members of the Association of Friends of the Accademia Gallery of Florence.

On March 6, 1475, Michelangelo Buonarroti was born, and in 2017 theAssociation of Friends of the Accademia Gallery of Florence was established. The Accademia Gallery of Florence celebrates these two important anniversaries on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, with aspecial opening from 7 to 10 p.m. aimed at all members, old and new. The evening will be introduced by director Cecilie Hollberg, followed then an exclusive tour of the exhibition Pier Francesco Foschi (1502-1567) Florentine painter, with Elvira Altiero, Art Historian Officer, head of the art history department of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, and with Nelda Damiano, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, who curated the exhibition together with Cecilie Hollberg and Simone Giordani, Professor of Art History, specialist on Pier Francesco Foschi.

Participation is restricted to members of the Association, but you can join online at theFriends of the Accademia Gallery of Florence(Friends of David) website or directly on March 6 at the Gallery entrance. Association members get free, priority admission to the Gallery, valid for one year, and many other benefits.

“The Friends of the Florence Academy Gallery Association has been by our side since 2017,” said Director Cecilie Hollberg. “It is now an integral part of this museum and is involved in all our activities, which it supports with commitment and perseverance. We are grateful for the work they do in collaboration with the Gallery staff to involve young people, Florentines, Italians and a great many foreigners with the aim of strengthening the link with the territory, so that it is always stronger and more deeply rooted. It’s great to get together today, as we have every March 6 for the past eight years, to celebrate these birthdays together and renew our friendship.”

“The Friends of the Accademia Gallery of Florence,” commented Fausto Calderai, president of the Association, “look forward to the future of the Association happy to have been able to be of support to a Museum that after 8 years comes out renewed under the leadership of an enlightened and innovative Direction, but always respectful of the Institution’s glorious past.”

Photo by Guido Cozzi

A special evening for Michelangelo's birthday at the Accademia Gallery in Florence
A special evening for Michelangelo's birthday at the Accademia Gallery in Florence

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