Neri & Scheggia in Galleria is a comics story Tuono Pettinato set at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence.
Today is art homework delivery day, so well-known idler Neri, in his last year of middle school, decides the best thing to do is skip school. But waddaya know, wandering round Florence he finds himself in a museum. Actually, it’s not bad, this Galleria dell’Accademia! It’s full of weird and funny guys: some painter called “the Splinter” takes him around, Michelangelo and Giambologna can’t stop arguing, David acts like a popstar and has plenty of stories to tell… And in the end – surprise, surprise! – Neri happens upon a whole section dedicated to musical instruments: guys, it’s time to start a band!
The gallery was born in 1784, when the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, founded by Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1563, was reorganized by order of Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany, to form the present-day Accademia di Belle Arti. The new institution occupied the premises of the 14th-century hospital of San Matteo and the monastery of San Niccolò di Cafaggio. While the museum’s collections were expanded through the suppression of churches and monasteries under Pietro Leopoldo in 1786 and Napoleon in 1810, the crucial event in its history was the arrival of Michelangelo’s David from Piazza della Signoria in August 1873. In addition to the master’s sculptural works, the museum holds a number of major masterpieces of painting from the 13th to the 16th century as well as the Medici-Lorraine collection of musical instruments and a gallery of plaster casts.