Students report goosebumps as they entered the gallery In which the colossus stands, light and shadows from the translucent rotunda above animating marble flesh.

The Accademia also houses other sculptures by Michelangelo, including the Prisoners originally destined for the Boboli Gardens and an unfinished Pieta’. 16th-century paintings and plaster models created by students from the Universita dei Belli Arti are also on display. A special exhibition of Florentine civic art contained some work from Scarperia, including a fresco from the Palazzo dei Vicari that we had just visited on Sunday

The students were tasked to draw an interpretation of the David as today’s assignment. The rest of the day will be open studio time to finish works in process. All assignments thus far will be due tomorrow before we head out for Siena and a day trip to this marvelous medieval city.