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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bargello, the Renaissance you 90% didn't visit

The Museo del Bargello in Florence (website) offers one of the most rich and interesting collections of Renaissance art and culture: sculptures by Michelangelo, Donatello, Benvenuto Cellini, Jean de Boulogne aka Giambologna, as well as original pottery, jewellery, armors -- even Turkish specimens -- and weapons, etc. etc. The scandal is that very few people visit this wonderful place: they all line like sheep in front of the Uffizi and the Accademia.

The Bargello masterpiece is probably Michelangelo's Bacchus, often underrated also because the artist himself, in his 'autobiography' written by Ascanio Condivi, strove to dismiss it for political reasons. Why? Go and discover!

Two other too-scarcely-known museums to enjoy in Florence and be thrilled are Casa Buonarroti (website) and the recently renewed Museo del Duomo (website); the latter's modern settings are as fascinating as the very works they exhibit.