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Museo Archeologico

Florence | Archaeology
€2 - €4
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The main core of the collection focuses on etruscan civilisation that interested in particular Cosimo the Eldest of the Medici family. But it was the Gran Duke Cosimo I who to put together the currently existing collection in 16th century, though these were later increased by his successors ( and in particular by Cardinal Leopoldo). The collection was enriched with famous works like the Chimera of Arezzo, the Minerva of Arezzo and the Orator. The bronze Chimera of Arezzo is one of the best known examples of the art of the Etruscans. It was found in Arezzo, an ancient Etruscan and Roman city in Tuscany, in 1553, during the construction of the fortifications on the outskirts and was quickly claimed for the collection of the Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I, who placed it publicly in the Palazzo Vecchio, and placed the smaller bronzes from the trove in his own studiolo at Palazzo Pitti, where "the Duke took great pleasure in cleaning them by himself, with some goldsmith's tools" Benvenuto Cellini reported in his autobiography.

The collection was then continued by the Lorraine family that added the extraordinary collection of Egyptian pieces beside adding new pieces to the Etruscan section,which was organised by series and studied by the scholars of the Lorraine court.

Additions continued also during the 19th century with important works like the Sarcophagus of the Amazons and the Larthia Seianti. It was at this time that a new section of Etruscan Topography was created and that the Etruscan sculptures and small and large bronzes were added.

In addition to the above-mentioned works, don't miss the section dedicated to the lavish assortment of Etruscan jewels.

08:30 - 19:00

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Contact details

  • Name: Museo Archeologico
  • Address: Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b - 50121 - Florence - Italie
  • Phone: (39) 055 235 75





Getting there

  • By bus : ligne n°6, 14, 19, 23, 31

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Krisztián Vértes