Once in a lifetime. In Florence.

A drawing by Raphael and the first Italian edition of Topolino (Mickey Mouse) dated 1932, a few Michelangelo’s sketches and the baptism certificate of Leonardo da Vinci, a lecture on Dante’s Inferno written by Galileo and the autograph of Cosimo I de’ Medici.
Photograph of the Leonardo Room in the Uffizi, from the Archivio delle Gallerie Fiorentine, documenting the Mona Lisa in the Uffizi, where it was exhibited for a few days in 1914 following its theft from the Louvre in 1911 and discovery in Florence in 1913.
Photograph of the Leonardo Room in the Uffizi, from the Archivio delle Gallerie Fiorentine, documenting the Mona Lisa in the Uffizi, where it was exhibited for a few days in 1914 following its theft from the Louvre in 1911 and discovery in Florence in 1913.
There is all this and a lot more to be seen in Florence, thanks to a new temporary exhibition: Once in a Lifetime. Treasures from the Archives and Libraries of Florence, the first appointment of the rich program of the 2014 edition of Un Anno ad Arte (A Year of Art). In the Sala Bianca of the Pitti Palace, until April 27, 133 precious items will be (exceptionally) visible: archival documents, manuscripts, books and drawings, mainly unreleased, coming from the public and private archives and libraries of the main cultural institutions of the city.
Archive of the Venerabile Arciconfraternita della Misericordia
Archive of the Venerabile Arciconfraternita della Misericordia
Get ready to admire the first dictionary published by the Accademia della Crusca dated 1612, an edition of Vasari’s Lives of the Artists dated 1568, a copy of the Divine Comedy with illustrations by Alessandro Botticelli, the document with which Louis XI of France granted Piero de’ Medici permission to use the French lily in the coat of arms of the Tuscan dynasty, the law Pietro Leopoldo of Hapsburg Lorraine enacted in 1786 that abolished capital punishment in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. And so on!
Bull by Pope Leo X, 1 July 1519
Bull by Pope Leo X, 1 July 1519
A small section is dedicated to the consequences suffered by the patrimony of Florence due to two dramatic events: three items from the archive and book patrimony damaged by the flood of 1966 and a book that was destroyed by the bombing of Via dei Georgofili, behind the Uffizi Gallery, in 1993.   INFORMATION Once in a lifetime. Treasures from the Archives And Libraries of Florence. January 28 – April 27, 2014 Galleria Palatina – Palazzo Pitti, Florence Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, from 8.15am to 6.50pm; closed on Mondays. Tickets: 13 €, reduced 6,50 €, free for EU citizens under 18 and over 65