Inside the Pitti Palace: some special museums

pittiThe Pitti Palace (“Palazzo Pitti” in Italian) can be considered a museum containing several other small museums inside. In particular, 4 are the most curious ones: the silver museum, the porcelain, costume and the carriage.

The silver museum is also known as “The Medici Treasury”, as it is called. As the name suggests, it contains a collection of priceless silver, cameos and gemstone jewerly, as well as some ancient vases and silver gilt mounts that once belonged to Lorenzo de’ Medici. The rooms which hosts this museum were once part of the private royal apartments, and were decorated with some 17th century frescoes made by the great artists of that time.

The Porcelain Museum is housed by the “Casino del Cavaliere” in the Boboli Gardens and it was opened for the first time in 1973. All the porcelains are made from the most notable European porcelain factories, so their value is basically priceless. That’s why most of the pieces were given to the Florentine rulers as gift from other European sovereigns as symbol of friendship.

As far as it concernes the Costume Gallery, it is located in the wing of the palace known as the “Palazzina della Meridiana”, because of its first usage: originally it sponsored a functional solar meridian instrument, built into the fresco decoration by one of the greatest artist, Domenico Gabbiani. As the name suggests, it contains a collection of the theatrical costumes used from the 16th century until the present, including the funeral clothes of Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, and Eleonora of Toledo. The museum also gives details about the history of Italian fashion, and moreover, it also exhibits a collection of mid 20th century costume jewellery.

The carriages, as well as all the other conveyances, were used by the Grand Ducal court mainly in the late 18th and 19th century.

 

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