Leopoldo de’Medici Prince of Collectors

The Treasury of the Grand Dukes

He certainly wasn’t handsome, with the nose of a bloodhound planted on his gaunt little face. But he had an unmistakable instinct for art and scientific culture. Leopoldo, the youngest son of Cosimo II, was the most intellectual and brilliant of all his siblings. And although he became a cardinal at 50 years old, just to mark the re-established peace with the Medici, guilty of having welcomed and protected Galileo, not even at the Papacy in Rome did he renounce his passion: collecting. Indeed, he was the first true collector in the modern sense of the word. Indiscriminate, voracious. And while his sister-in-law, mother and grandmother spent a fortune on relics, he wanted something better, the rarities coming from all corners of the world. His passion for science brought him to found the Accademia dei Lincei, the curiosity of collecting everything, masks, objects, amulets, paintings, statues. He’s responsible for the earliest core of the Gabinetto dei disegni and the first modern art collection. And the Pitti is celebrating him on the 400th anniversary of his birth.

November 7th, 2017 – January 28th, 2018
Tuesday – Sunday 8.50am – 6.50pm
The ticket office closes at 6.05pm
Closed on Monday

Palazzo Pitti
Piazza de’ Pitti, 1   |   50125 Firenze


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