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The Museum of the Ancient Florentine House
The historic furnishings in the photos of Elia Volpi
This exhibition, curated by Rosanna Caterina Proto Pisani, Maria Grazia Vaccari and Patrizia Cappellini, presents a number of beautiful photographs from the Elis Volpi collection (Davanzati archive and Photo Archive of the Kunsthistorisches). These illustrate the decor of various rooms in the Museum of the Ancient Florentine House, inaugurated in 1910 by the antiquarian Volpi upon completion of the general restoration of the building he had purchased in 1904.
The atmosphere of the ancient mediaeval mansion of the Davizzi was recreated by filling the rooms of the ancient palazzo with furnishings, carpets, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and chests.
Only a handful of these objects are still in the palazzo, since most were sold at the famous auction organised by Volpi himself in New York in 1916, exporting the “Davanzati” taste to America.
The exhibition is part of the itinerary “The treasure rooms. The Wonders of the Collectors in the Florentine Museums” under the aegis of the Little Big Museums project, and is intended to revoke that particular period of time that was so important for the history of taste.
- Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze- Museo di Palazzo Davanzati
- Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze – Progetto Piccoli Grandi Musei
Curated byRosanna Caterina Proto Pisani
Maria Grazia Vaccari
Luigi Cupellini in collaboration with Carlo Pellegrini
Internal technical supervision by Cristina Valenti
Luca Leonello Rimbotti
Paola Petrosino (Segreteria scientifica - Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze)
From Monday to Sunday, 8.15-13.50
The museum is closed on the second and fourth Sundays of the month and the first, third and fifth Mondays of the month, New Year’s Day, 1 May and Christmas Day.