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The Bargello, also known as the Palazzo del Bargello, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, or Palazzo del Popolo (Palace of the People), is a former barracks and prison, now an art museum, in Florence, Italy.
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This is an excellent museum which is often overlooked in a city full of world class museums which is a shame. It is a very impressive museum with many interesting artefacts and exhibits. It is spread out over several floors and is easy to get around all of them to see everything. It has quite a few masterpieces as well including Donatello's David among others. It's also relatively inexpensive o if you have the time, definitely go and check it out.
Very good museum to visit. Lot of interesting things to see. Make sure to check visiting hours because they don't correspond with those stated here.
The Bargello is a museum of Medieval and Renaissance art. The items have been collected from the Medici, convents and private collections. Most of the museums don't have brochures with floor plans so it is difficult to know how many rooms there are and how big they are. A quick walk through gave us an idea and helped to apportion our time. We began with the the Michelangelo Room with sculptures by many artists including Cellini, Giambologna, and Ammannati. There was also the 22 year old Michelangelo's marble sculpture of "Bacchus". The Cardinal for whom it was created didn't appreciate the drunken gaze of Bacchus. Giambologna's most famous work, the delicate bronze sculpture of "Flying Mercury" (from before 1580) was also there. There are more sculptures in the courtyard, including Cosimo Cenni's bronze "St Paul Cannon" from 1638 which represented the high point of bronze casting in 17th century Florence. Two other highlights were Giambologna's largest marble sculpture "Oceanus" (1576) and Ammannati's "Fountain for the Sala Grande" (1561) for Cosimo I de' Medici that was to be placed in the Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. It never made it indoors and ended up in a garden which was probably more appropriate. Then there were two wonderful floors full of more sculptures, bronzes, majolica, glazed pottery, armour and weapons, ivory pieces, religious items, paintings, etc. Just a few of the things follow. There were many works by (or attributed to) Donatello. His first work, from around 1408, was a marble statue of "David". Then there was his bronze "David" (circa 1440). It is his most famous piece and the first full-round nude statue made since antiquity. That was followed by Andrea del Verrocchio's bronze "David" (circa 1469). It was excellent to see all three together in the one room. Another marble sculpture by Andrea del Verrocchio was his 1480 "Woman with a Bouquet of Flowers". A competition was held in 1401 for the design of the second set of doors for the Baptistery. It was won by the 23 year old Ghiberti. The entries by Ghiberti and Brunelleschi were on display. The competition called for a single gilded bronze panel on the theme of the sacrifice of Isaac. The complete set of panels took Ghiberti and his workshop 23 years to produce. There were a couple of rooms devoted to the della Robbia family (father, son and others) with many glazed ceramic pieces. Almost all were on religious themes. Then there was a big room with display cases full of majolica (earthenware covered and decorated with an opaque tin glaze) from the 14th century onwards. The room of armour was fascinating with beautifully decorated shields, helmets and armour belonging to the Medici.
Great Museum holding some of the most important Italian sculptures. The building on its own Is amazing and has an interesting story. Also a must visit in Florence if you are into arts, especially sculpture.
Very close to the duomo. The meusuam houses master pieces of Michelangelo, Jacopo, Donatello etc. Also has a gallery for ceramic arts. Few of the oldest statues of David are shown here. The Sign board in front of the meusuam is very small and not noticeable. Just start walking behind the duomo until you find the tower of the building.
Not the largest but one of the most interesting museum in Florence. Renaissance sculptures (Michelangeolo, Donatello, Verruchio), paintings. The building itself the first public edifice in Florence, spectacular.
The museum was easy to navigate. Not as crowded as Uffizi so you can view the sculptural masterpieces of Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini and Giambologna with ease.
Donatello's bronze David is simply incredible. I could've spent hours adoring it. The price was just 4 euros each for young adults, well worth it.
Entrance was free on the first Sunday of the month. The building is beautiful, though at the moment there is scaffolding on one side of the courtyard. It wasn't completely clear what the collection was, there was a mix of religious art, armour, statutes etc but a lot of it was very interesting.
An entire museum dedicated to only sculptures mostly by the reknown masters. Be prepared to spend hours there. The total display contains countless number of beauties.
One of my favourite museums in Florence. Home to the first and IMHO the best statue of David...
One of biggest museums in Florence I believe. Worth the money, which is more than I can say for a lot of Florence. Great place to check out some great sculptures and other amazing works of art without the hustle and bustle found in other parts of Florence. Open on Mondays!
We made an impromptu stop here while walking through Florence and it had many exhibits of work from sculpture to pottery. Lots of space to walk and at your pace without feeling rushed. We came on a Sunday and it was free , other days it is 8Euros for entry.
Surprising, masterpieces of Benvenuto Cellini. And also a great palace. Must see.
Very nice little museum with cool art and history from the area. Definitely worth seeing if you're nearby.
Wonderful statue museum in cool old building. Some great Donatello masterpieces and a must-see Michelangelo Bacchus.
Don't skip this place! It's one of my favorite places to visit in Florence. Incredible as it seems, this is often overlooked by people when they're setting their travel itinerary. In addition to the wonderful sculptures here (pieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, Rodin, Giambologna) there are examples of beautifully decorated everyday objects through the ages; not only Italian, Florentine artwork but Persian, Spanish German and many more. A big favorite with my family is the spork created in the 15th century. And we think we're so clever.
Wonderful small museum. Masterpieces of Donatello , Michelangelo and more. Not crowded.