Tuscany Museums Florence to Pisa
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some great Museums, any Tuscanylocated in Florence, one of Italy's greatest cities.
The sculptures and paintings of the Italian masters are now in the Florence museums such as the Uffizi Gallery, among the most famous of the museums. .
The Uffizi Gallery was built originally as offices for Florence's Medici family, the banking family who were wealthy patrons of the arts
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Florence, Photo by Len Delory
Visit Chiusi, the National Etruscan Museum
The city of Florence gave the Italian Renaissance its start. Beginning in the later part of the 13th century, a rebirth of art and science would lead Florence and Siena to greatness as the centers of the Italian Renaissance movement.
In the early 1400s, the celebrated Florence architect Brunelleschi would design the Duomo (Dome) of the Gothic Cathedral of Florence and many other notable buildings.
Leonardo da Vinci would work in Florence and Michelangelo Buonarroti, born in 1475, would create work under the patronage of Lorenzo de Medici .
Florence owe its art treasures to the wealth of its merchants and to Grand Duke Peter Leopold. Their patronage of the arts gave momentum to the Renaissance. The wealthy merchants of Florence, commissioned works by great masters that now reside in the museums. Architectural masterpieces in Florence resulted from the success of Tuscan bankers and merchants during the Renaissance. Illustrious Tuscan artist commissioned by the wealthy were Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the painter, Botticelli.
The Medici, a banking family, commissioned many works of art.
The Uffizi Gallery exhibits 13th to 18th century works by world artists and Italian masters including Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt Rubens Durer, Botticelli and many others.
The Pitti Palace gallery is connected to the Uffizi.
The Accademy Gallery houses the sculpture David by Michelangelo, the Pieta of Palestina and other sculptures and paintings (Galleria dell' Accademia)
National Museum Il Bargello
Located in one of Florence's oldest buildings, the 1255 residence of the Bargello, the museum features sculpture by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Donatello. There are also smaller works in ivory, and antique weapons exhibit, and tapestries.
Florence Baptistery Doors by Ghiberti
Tuscany Museums from Florence to Pisa offer the vacationer some great Museum visits.
Florence is one of Italy's greatest cities. The sculptures and paintings of the Italian masters are now in the Florence museums The Uffizi Gallery
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