Piazza Pitti, 1
50125 Florence, Italy
tel: +39 55 238 8710
fax: +39 55 238 8699
NileGuide Expert tip:
A museum that has many gorgeous rooms of frescoes and also houses many exhibits
The Museo degli Argenti in Palazzo Pitti encompasses the magnificent rooms covered with frescoes that were once the summer apartment of the Grand Dukes. The first room on the ground floor, where the ceiling fresco by Angelo Michele Colonna, is the scene of Jupiter descending from Olympus to give to the flags of the Medici power. Augustine Mitelli are the decorations on the walls. The next room has frescoes and the Triumph of Alexander, is the work of Colonna and Mitelli, as well as the adjoining room of the Throne, which are painted the allegorical figures of the Force, the Justice and Time. The largest and most luxurious room, once the audience hall, is decorated with large frescoes on the occasion of the marriage of Ferdinand II and Vittoria della Rovere, celebrated in 1635.
Amongst the most significant pieces are the stone vases (which belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent), German ivories from the 17th century, a vase made from lapis lazuli by Buonalenti and the jewels of the Salzburg Prince-Bishops.
The whole place reverberates with Medici history from the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent.