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Information and ticket booking for the Palatine Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery (plus Silver Museum and Costume Museum), Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy.
The two principal galleries today are the Palatine and the Gallery of Modern Art, and this combined ticket gives you access to both collections. The Palatine gallery is, in essence, a private Medici (and their successors') collection, and is today displayed as such - hung according to taste, not chronology, with approximately 500 largely Renaissance paintings by such masters as Raphael, Titian, Correggio and Rubens.
The Modern Art Gallery is perhaps not ideally named - no amorphous sculptures, no 'installations', no shock-of-the-new here. This is because, in Italian, 'modern art' dates from prior to the 2nd World War - what comes after tends to be called 'contemporary'. What there is is a good collection of pieces dating from 1700 to early 1900; of particular note are works by members of the Macchiaioli movement, a school of pioneering 19th-century Tuscan painters, prime movers in the impressionist movement.
As of May 16th 2017 this ticket also includes entrance to the Silver Museum (now renamed to 'Tesoro dei Granduchi') and the Costume Museum, both previously included in the other ticket we sell.
The Silver Museum (ex Museo degli Argenti, now 'Tesoro dei Granduchi') is located inside the Pitti Palace and is home to a splendid collection of well, silver, as well as cameo work and pieces of work in semi-precious stones.
The Costume Gallery (Galleria del Costume) is located in the wing of the palace known as the Palazzina della Meridiana, and is home to a collection of theatrical costumes dating from the 16th century up to the present day. Also on show is a collection of Italian garments spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The galleries are open all year round from 08.15 AM until 06.50 PM (closed on Mondays). There is a wardrobe room where bags of no larger than 40*40*50 cm may be left. As with many venues in Italy, there are often special exhibitions running, and the ticket price will reflect this. Until January 28th 2018 there is an exhibition featuring pieces from the extensive collections of Leopoldo de' Medici, son of Cosimo - see blog piece, with video.
This ticket, then, gives entrance to the Palatine Gallery, the Modern Art Gallery, the Costume Museum and the Tesoro dei Granduchi Museum. We also sell another ticket that gives entrance to the Porcelain Museum of the Pitti, as well as the Boboli and Bardini Gardens.
The Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti), located just south of the river Arno (and the Pontevecchio) in Florence, is today the largest museum complex in the city, home to a wide range of distinct galleries and exhibitions. The building's core dates from the 1450's, and the largely Renaissance building was originally the town home of Luca Pitti, a clearly enormously wealthy banker. Roughly 100 years later it was purchased by, and became home to the Medici rulers, and their even greater wealth saw an accumulation of fine art and treasures; the building and contents were gifted to the Italian people in 1919.
HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:
To reserve your tickets for the Palatine and Modern Art galleries at the Pitti Palace, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you and present it at the pre-arranged meeting point. As simple as that!
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