BEST PLACES TO VACATION IN FLORENCE

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Portraits of the Medici hang throughout the rooms, including a series of the Grand Duchesses, and Cosimo I and his family carved in an onyx cameo. Galleria d’Arte Moderxa Here the paintings span the period from 1784 to 1924; many of them were collected by the Dukes of Lorraine to decorate the Palazzo Pitti. 14th-century gold and jasper vase The present museum has combined this collection with pictures donated by the state and various private collectors. The museum contains Neo-Classical, Romantic and religious works, but probably the most important collection is of the group of late 19th-century artists known as the Macchiaioli (spot-makers), similar to French Impressionists. The Macchiaioli used bright splashes of colour to represent the sun-dappled Tuscan landscape. This collection was given to the city of Florence in 1897 by the art critic Diego Martelli, and includes paintings by Giovanni Fattori (seepl21) and Giovanni Boldini. Two works by Camille Pissarro hang in the same room. Galleria del Costume Opened in 1983, the gallery is on the ground floor of the Palazzo Meridiana. This was designed in 1776 by Gaspare Maria Paoletti for the Royal Family; they lived until the abolition of the monarchy (see p50).

BEST PLACES TO VACATION IN FLORENCE

BEST PLACES TO VACATION IN FLORENCE

BEST PLACES TO VACATION IN FLORENCE

BEST PLACES TO VACATION IN FLORENCE

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