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Cecilie Hollberg, Director of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence

Published on , by Olivier Tosseri

As the German art historian’s second term running the Florentine museum that houses Michelangelo’s David comes to an end, we look back at her achievements, from a major upgrade to the restoration of works.

Photo: Dario Garofalo Cecilie Hollberg, Director of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence

Photo: Dario Garofalo

You’ve been head of the Galleria dell’Accademia de Florence since 2015. How did the museum get started? It was founded in 1784, when the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II, decided to reorganize the Drawing Academy created by Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1563. The main purpose was to help students improve their knowledge by copying original works or the plaster casts. They had one of the world’s greatest collections of Italian paintings and sculptures at their disposal. What are the principal artworks in the collection? We have seven Michelangelo sculptures, more than any other museum in the world, as well as his casts for the Medici tombs, the Rondanini Pietà , the Pietà in Saint Peter’s in Rome, Moses and the Slaves created for the tomb of Pope Julius II. They all lead to the iconic David . But the first thing visitors lay eyes on is The Abduction of a Sabine Woman , a rare, monumental clay model made in 1582 by Giambologna for…
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