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Vaso scolpito in cotto nel giardino di villa Bardini, Firenze. Foto Breschi.

Pietro Annigoni Museum

Villa Bardini hosts the Pietro Annigoni Museum

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The Villa Bardini hosts two museums: the Capucci Museum and the Pietro Annigoni Museum. It was probably built around 1641 when the architect Gherardo Silvani (1579-1675) created its foundations over a mideval architectural site. Its splendid panoramic position earned the villa the name ‘Villa Belvedere’ and the building was known as a ‘House of pleasures’ like those that remained common in Florence between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. These villas were designed to delight noble lords, who grew agricultural products for ornamental purposes in addition to productive ones.

After being owned by various noble families, the villa was purchased by Stefano Bardini. The family lived in the building for several years and after a long series of bureaucratic procedures, which began in 1965, and a lengthy restoration process funded by the Ente Cassa di Risparmio, the villa and its garden were finally opened to the public.The Pietro Annigoni Museum was created thanks to funding by the Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence, in accordance with the Bardini and Peyron National Parks Foundation. The Ente Cassa di Risparmio purchased a prestigious collection of the master’s artwork, which had been inherited by his children.

The museum’s intent is to raise awareness regarding representative artists who were active in the city during the 1900s. The collection includes several of Annigoni’s most important works including celebrated early self portraits, family portraits, medals, lithographic works, drawings and objects which were found in Annigoni’s study after his death. There, you will find the famous rocking chair where he sat while he painted and the manaquin he used as a model, as well as his easels and color boxes. Temporary exhibits are shown each year in addition to the collection’s permanent works.


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