In Florence, a must-visiting point is the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze. This College has nurtured quite a lot of famous scientists and artists, including Da Vinci, Galileo and Cellini, etc.
Founded in 1339, the Academy is earliest school of art in Europe’ dated back to the 14th century (when China was in her era of the Yuan Dynasty). The most well-known collection is certainly the original statue “David”.
The queue was rather long (probably waited for an hour) and it required advance reservation. The statue is particularly tall but the muscular lines are Impeccable. It is protected within a bounded area. Similar copies were also disclosed in other plazas to the visitors free of charge, but certainly they were only imitations.
I have neither the knowledge nor understanding of how the artists survive in those days by only making sculptures or paintings. The industry could likely be supported, financially, by rich families or even the emperors. Nevertheless, in fact these treasures did not pass away in vein as a cliche, but over the years have brought a myriad of inspiration for young artists.