Florence art guide

Academy Gallery

Interior of the museum
Interior of the museum


Leaving Porta San Niccolò to your rear, you come to Piazza dei Mozzi after only a short walk from Piazza Poggi along Lungarno Serristori or Via San Niccolò in the direction of the city centre; here you can find the Bardini Museum, one of the less important Florentine museums which, however, possesses a fascination that is all its own. It was originally the house and warehouse of antiquarian and art collector Stefano Bardini (1836-1922) who left it and all its contents to the City Council.

St.Michael by A.Pollaiolo

Built in the 19th century, the palace itself is unusual because all the doors, windows, architraves and wooden ceilings used for its construction came from destroyed churches or villas. The Museum, which was opened in 1925, contains a great many extremely interesting works of art, among them the marble Charity by Tino da Camaino (1329 c.), the Archangel St. Michael by Antonio del Pollaiolo and a recently restored Crucifixion, dating from the 13th century: painted several decades before Cimabue, this is one of the oldest Florentine paintings in existence.

Wooden Our Lady
Wooden Our Lady
(XIV century)

As a whole, the collection, beautifully arranged on two floors, is a unique example of the antiquarian taste of the late 19th century and includes a great many sculptures (from classical times to the 17th century), paintings, furniture, ceramics, tapestries, arms, carpets and some rare musical instruments.

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