The third stage of this walking itinerary through Florence is the Archaeological Museum of Florence, housed in Palazzo della Crocetta.
However, the place visited by Oscar Wilde was the Etruscan Museum, which was located at the time in the ex monastery of Sant’Onofrio and included the Fuligno "Cenacolo". The works described in his letters are now partially exhibited in the Archaeological Museum.
In particular, the writer was struck by a large stone tomb with a fresco depicting a chariot carrying a naked young man to heaven. For Wilde, this representation was the emblem of Etruscan funerary art that was pervaded by a state of happiness after death.
Among the other works that aroused Wilde's curiosity were the many sculpted sarcophagi, vases and urns of all shapes and sizes, leaf-shaped swords, household utensils and the large collection of coins, one of which caught his attention: a coin "the size of a sandwich and stamped with a ship on one side and a double-faced Janus on the other".
To conclude the visit of the Archaeological Museum, you can also visit the section dedicated to Egyptian art, but for the record, we inform you that the works collected here were defined by Oscar Wilde as too "grotesque and uncouth" when compared with purity of the works of Etruscan art.