Casa Martelli in Florence is located in via Zannetti, a street that was once known by the evocative name of via della Forca, and is housed in a noble 18th-century palace.
Inside, the period furnishings reveal the collecting tastes of its owners. The family’s collection is today the last Florentine example, alongside the Corsini holdings, of a private collection dating to the 17th and 18th centuries.
The works on display are the sole result of the collector’s interests, without any post-death changes. The rooms, each painted a single colour and intended for either private use or for hosting parties, boast a charm that can’t be erased, not even in the modern age. The museum is home to works by artists like Piero di Cosimo, Domenico Beccafumi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Giordano and other northern painters.