Decorative Arts in Florence

Museums

Courtyard of the Bargello National Museum, Florence (photo between 1890 and 1900)

Bargello National Museum

The Bargello National Museum in Florence (Museo Nazionale del Bargello) holds the largest collection of Gothic and Renaissance sculptures in Italy. The museum is housed in one of the oldest public buildings in Florence, the Palazzo del Podestà. Its construction began in 1255 and it … [read more]

Madonna dell'Impannata by Raphael (1514), Palatine Gallery in Florence

Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace)

The Palatine Gallery in Florence (Galleria Palatina) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. Its collection of Italian and European masters of the Renaissance comes mostly from the Medici, and was brought together in its current form by the Lorraine family, who opened … [read more]

Pitti Palace in Florence seen from the Boboli Gardens

Pitti Palace

The Pitti Palace in Florence (Palazzo Pitti) is a large museum complex, housing several important collections of paintings, sculptures, porcelain, furniture, costumes, jewellery and objects. Its Boboli Gardens are one of the most famous of all Italian gardens. The building is mainly in Renaissance style … [read more]

Porcelain Museum within the Boboli Gardens, Florence

Porcelain Museum (Pitti Palace)

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The Porcelain Museum in Florence (Museo delle Porcellane) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. It houses the porcelain that was collected and used by the nobility of Florence, starting from the period of the Medici family to the unification of Italy. The … [read more]

Milanese rock crystal vase (1550–1599), The Medici Treasury in Florence

The Medici Treasury (Pitti Palace)

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The Medici Treasury in Florence (also known as Museo degli Argenti, literally meaning the Silver Museum) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. As the name suggests, the museum contains precious jewellery and objects, many of which were collected by Lorenzo de’ Medici. … [read more]