The city of Florence has a rich architectural and art heritage, which is preserved in its elegant piazzas (squares), Renaissance palazzi (palaces), and a host of art galleries / museums. Here, we have reviewed five major museums of Florence, where you can browse through drawings, paintings and sculptures created by famous artists.
The Accademia Gallery houses the statue of David - a marble statue of young shepherd mentioned in Bible, the St. Mathew, the Prisoners and other masterpieces by Michelangelo. The collection also includes religious paintings, gold-ground paintings, gothic polyptychs, plaster sculptures by Pampaloni-infant figures, Bartolini’s artwork and paintings selected for the Accademia di Belle Arti’s various painting competitions conducted from 1794 to 1868.
The Museum of San Marco in Dominican monastery epitomizes Florentine Renaissance style of architecture. Paintings by Fra Angelico such as the Annunciation and stories from the life of Christ, the Last Judgment and the Silver Wardrobe are exhibited here. The Library has a rich collection of choir books from Renaissance and Middle Ages. The museum, located at Piazza San Marco, also exhibits fragments of the city buildings destroyed in the 19th century and the sculptures that adorned the buildings.
The National Museum of Bargello boasts a noteworthy collection of artwork and Renaissance sculptures, such as the best works of Cellini, Donatello, Luca della Robbia and Michelangelo. It also houses textiles, furniture, tapestries, amber, seals, medals and much more from the Medici collection. The museum, located in the Palace of the Capitain of the People at Via del Proconsolo, displays Drunken Bacchus, the Madonna and Child with St. John, the marble statue of David-Apollo, glazed terracotta pieces- the Nativity and Tuscan works.
The Palatina Gallery, located on the first floor of the Pitti Palace , offers the Medici collection of paintings created by the European master painters of the Baroque and Renaissance periods such as Raphael, Rubens and Titian. The gallery is known for its sumptuous painting frames, fresco decoration and use of rich plaster in the rooms.
The Uffizi Gallery, a popular museum of paintings and sculptures, features masterpieces of Renaissance and Primitive style paintings such as works created by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt and Durer. The Collection of Prints and Drawings, and the Contini Bonacossi Collection also grace the walls of the gallery. A passageway between the gallery and the Pitti Palace is adorned with self-portraits and paintings created in the 17th century.
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