They are decorated with frescoes by various Florentine artists and a series of portraits of the Medici by the Flemish painter Justus Sustermans, who worked at the court between 1619-81. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the apartments were completely revamped in Neo-Classical style by the Dukes of Lorraine when they succeeded the Medici dynasty as the rulers of Florence (see pp52-3). The apartments are lavishly appointed with ornate gold and white stuccowork ceilings and rich decoration, as on the walls of the Parrot Room, which are covered-with an opulent crimson fabric detailed with a bird design. The apartments have now been extensively restored in accordance with the original plans and designs. Museo degli Argenti This museum is on the, ground and mezzanine floors, below the Palatine Gallery, in the rooms used by the Medici as their summer apartments.
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It displays the massive private wealth of the Medici dynasty: the collection encompasses rare and beautiful examples of ancient Roman glassware, ivoiy, carpets, crystal and amber and fine works by Florentine and German goldsmiths. The pride of the collection are 16 pietre dure vases displayed in the Sala Buia. These belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent and are from the ancient Roman and Byzantine periods. The family's lavish tastes are reflected in the museum's polished ebony furniture inlaid with semi-precious marbles and stones.