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The Silver Museum, Palazzo Pitti

Housed in magnificently frescoed rooms of Palazzo Pitti

Piazza de Pitti, 1
 
 The first room, on the ground floor, has a frescoed vault by Angelo Michele Colonna depicting Jupiter descending from Olympus to consign the emblems of power to the Medicis. The wall decorations are by Agostino Mitelli. The next room, frescoed with the Stories and Triumphs of Alexander, is also the work of Colonna and Mitelli, as is the adjoining Throne Room with its allegorical figures of Power, Justice and Time.The largest and most sumptuously decorated room, the former Silver Chamber, is decorated with huge frescoes carried out on the occasion of the wedding of Ferdinando II and Vittoria della Rovere in 1635, who are depicted in the large vault composition by Giovanni da San Giovanni. On the walls, scenes exalting the glory of Lorenzo the Magnificent by Francesco Furini, Cecco Bravo, Ottavio Vannini.


The room next to the Silver Chamber holds the funerary mask of Lorenzo the Magnificent, together with an outstanding collection of antique vases, mostly Roman or Byzantine in origin, many of which bear the initials of Lorenzo the Magnificent who had had them set by Florentine goldsmiths. The Grotticina Room has a marble floor and a beautiful bath, possibly dating to the 16th century, standing in front of the window. The Sala dell'Udienza, the grand duke's official reception room, contains the beautiful Alemagna cabinet made of ebony and pietra dura. The private Sala d'Udienza contains a series of tables made from precious marbles and pietra dura commesso work.


The third Sala dell'Udienza holds the magnificent Cabinet of the Elector Palatine, made in 1709 and designed by the court sculptor, Giovan Battista Foggini. This exquisite object was given by Cosimo III de' Medici to his daughter Anna Maria Luisa, who had married the Elector Palatine, portrayed at the centre of the piece. Also noteworthy the Amber Room which contains an 18th-century silver relief of the Deposition of Christ in the style of Roman art. A collection of 16th- and 17th-century vases made from pietra dura and rock crystal is housed in the private Council Chamber. Other rooms full of precious objects are the Room of Exotic Objects and the two Rooms of the Far East.

 

Museo degli Argenti  - The Silver Museum
Piazza Pitti - Firenze
Tel. 055 2388709/761

 
For advanced reservations: Firenze Musei, Tel. 055 294883, costs € 3,00 per person (€ 4,00 per/for Galleria Uffizi or/and Accademia); School groups: Tel. 055  290112. On-line ticket sales: www.firenzemusei.it.

 

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