The museum houses the collection built up by Herbert Percy Horne, a collector and scholar of English origin who settled in Florence at the end of the 19th century. He furnished a small 15th-century palace with objects dating chiefly to the 14th–16th centuries. The collection includes fine paintings and sculptures (from Giotto to Simone Martini and from Masaccio to Giambologna), ceramics, jewellery and houseware, furniture, seals and fabrics, which recreate the atmosphere and appearance of a Renaissance dwelling.
One of the most important artorks is a painting by Giotto. It depicts Saint Stephen, shown from his waist up, was one of the lateral compartments of the polyptych. It was sold at a London auction to the expert English art collector Horne in the early 1900s. Along with the other precious works in the collection of the Museo della Fondazione Horne, this painting has been on display since 1920 in the late 15th-century building attributed to Cronaca. It was Horne himself who recognized the painting as an authentic Giotto, even though scholars confirmed this only years later.
It is also relevant because it shows the influence of the Sienese school as well as some stylistic traits used by Simone Martini, evidenced by the golf leafed damasque pattern and the richness of the missal in the hands of the saint. It was likely created in the same period as the Bardi Chapel: the mid-1320s.
An astonishing city of art, fashion and tradition
If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss Florence. The Renaissance city is a treasure trove of art with an astonishing contemporary vibe. Beyond the extraordinary artistic heritage, a testimony to its centuries of civilization, the best way to enjoy Florence is to stroll along the riverside avenues at sunset, or to get lost among the city’s myriad alleyways of the bohemian Oltrarno or the ...Morekeyboard_backspace
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