Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Florence and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Florence
Those who are interested in the best art galleries and museums in Florence should head to:
- Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi at Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
- Museo Salvatore Ferragamo at Piazza Santa Trinita 5R
- Museo Nazionale del Bargello at Via del Proconsolo 4
- Cappelle Medicee at Piazza Di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini 6
- Musei Civici Fiorentini at Piazza Della Signoria
- Palazzo Strozzi at Piazza Strozzi
- Pitti Palace at Piazza De’ Pitti 1
- Galleria Dell’Accademia at Via Ricasoli 58/60
- Museo Novecento at Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10
- Frittelli Arte Contemporanea at Via Val Di Marina 15
- Street Levels Gallery at Via Palazzuolo 74
In 2014 three remarkable museum complexes were first united in Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi which is open from 8:15am to 6:30pm every day but Monday when they are closed. At the heart of the art collection rare craft-built artifacts, literature, and plants from the Medici, Habsborg-Lorraine, and Savoy families comprised these three houses together.
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo is a corporate museum that is open from 10:30am to 7:30pm daily devoting its life and its creations to the history of the Ferragamo Company.
The National Museum of Bargello is situated in the former Palazzo Del Podesta while being open from 8:15am to 1:50pm every day but Tuesday when they are closed. It was the first national Italian museum dedicated to medieval and renaissance arts by a royal decree in 1865.
Since 1869 Cappelle Medicee has been the state museum although its history is strongly associated with that of the San Lorenzo Church to which it belongs. The museum comprises a New Sacristy constructed by the Capella dei Principi which is a massive mausoleum of semi-precious stones and fashioned in sculptural furniture.
The heritage of The Civic Museums of Florence comprises over 50,000 historical and cultural assets organized into collections and preserved at the museum system sites.
An extensive cultural schedule of important international events and exhibitions can be found at The Foundation Palazzo Strozzi which is an active cultural institution offering a program of exhibitions on the Piano Nobile and Strozzina amid the scene of one of the wonders of Florentine Renaissance architecture.
Pitti Palace was the largest and most spectacular palace in the region at the time of building in around 1440. Yoday with its lavishly decorating rooms and the lovely Boboli Gardens it is an excellent example of creative Renaissement architecture.
The Galleria Dell’Accademia was created in 1784 when Pietro Leopoldo the Grand Duke of Tuscany organized the Drawing Arts Academy in the contemporary academy of fine arts which was founded by Cosimo I de ‘Medici in 1563 while the current Galleria dell’Accademia was founded in 1882 and can be visited from 8:15am to 6:50pm every day but Monday when they are closed.
Museo Novecento is open from 11am to 8pm every day but Thursday when they are closed and consists of a permanent collection of Italian 20th and 21st century art in your area with several temporary exhibitions, installations of art, and special projects.
Street Levels is a gallery of urban art that has been promoting community initiatives since 2016.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores near you should have all of the materials and supplies you need:
- Baccetti Colori at Via del Ponte alle Mosse 177/A
- Lory Cartoleria at Piazza Frescobaldi 8
- Manzani Belle Arti at Via dei Cerchi 30/32
- Fratelli Rigacci at Via Servi 71/R
- Salvini Articoli Per Belle Arti at Via degli Alfani 111
- Zecchi at via Dello Studio 19
- Color & Hobby Di Sardelli Alessandro at Via dei Serragli 37R
- Colori E Vernici Bati at Via Verdi 67R
Baccetti Colori has specialized in the selling of high-quality paints since 1947 providing wall temperatures, linen paints, acrylics, tempera, aquarelles and then browns, stainless steel, books, and many accessories.
Since 1962 at Piazza Frescobaldi Lory Cartoleria has distributed the best items for art and painting.
Manzani Belle Arti is a local point of reference for all professionals and enthusiasts looking for best drawing articles. You will be able to find a very broad and diverse range of materials that includes the full range of watercolor and drawing materials like crayons, markers, pastels, graphites, strokes, drawing blocks, cards, calligraphic and drawn cards, and a lot more.
Fratelli Rigacci was founded in 1925 next to the academy and is a fine arts shop owned by the same family that carried it on with love, gravity and foresight.
Salvini Articoli Per Belle Arti is located in the historic city center a few steps from the Duomo and the Baptistery in the beating heart of the city of art par excellence.
Color & Hobby Di Sardelli Alessandro sells colorificio products for restoration, fine arts, and treatments for terracotta and stone materials.
At Colori e Vernici Bati you will find everything you need for painting and for your home decorations. They produce sample colors with their 3 tintometers and water-based enamels, spray cans, anti-condensation paints, and more are available.
Shows & Events
Some of the top local art shows and events in the region are:
- The International Handicrafts Fair in Spring
- The Festival of Creativity in October
The Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell’Artigianato is The International Handicrafts Fair which takes place each Spring where you may experience the city at its best and take advantage of the various savings on the ticket and food to the children’s playground.
The Festival of Creativity is fully dedicated to media, art and creativity and is an important event in italy. The Fortezza Da Basso is organized annually in October by hundreds of tourists, students, or even inquisitive individuals from the beautiful pavilion of creation which is the venue for this magnificent festival every edition.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you want to find some new unique works or figure out the true value of something visit art dealers and appraisers like:
- Expertise di Marzio Cinelli at Via Romana 138
- Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri Florence at Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini 39
- Valentina Guidi Ottobri at Viale Alessandro Volta 181
- Galleria360 Arte Contemporanea Firenze at Borgo Ognissanti, 77/R
Expertise di Marzio Cinelli is a non-conventional antiquities store selling objects and accessories of decor from the 18th Century.
Modern unique art in the Bottega where the artists work as a Renaissance Master Team and all painting sizes are available and guaranteed to be sent worldwide is what you get from Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri.
Valentina Guidi Ottobri began in 1988 working in the field of art, design, and mode as contemporary design curator and designer.
Galleria360 is an art gallery that offers guests an advanced cultural experience by artists picked by highly skilled personnel. The displayed areas are meant to improve the art pieces presented to the public.
These art walking tours can be a lot of fun on a nice day:
- La Bussola Free Walking Tour at Piazza degli Strozzi
- Art & Food Walking Tour at Via G.B. Vico 30
Free walking tours of the city of Florence are offered at La Bussola where the city, its history, and the Medici family are the things you will learn about. The journey takes you via the Arno River, a lesser-traveled area off the main road.
There are many possibilities for exploring and becoming acquainted with this great town on the Art & Food Walking Tour which allow you to enjoy many aspects of the city.
Sculptures & Statues
You may also be interested in taking photos of these statues and sculptures:
- Keil Art Bronze at Via dei Fossi 3/5r
- David of Michelangelo at Via Ricasoli 60
- Fountain of Neptune at Via dei Calzaiuoli
- Monumento a Dante Alighieri at Piazza di Santa Croce
- Perseus with the Head of Medusa at Piazza Della Signoria 2r
- Il ratto delle Sabine at Piazza della Signoria 3
Keil is a partnership with the London-based photographer Simon Taylor and bronze sculptor Sam Keil of Keil Art Bronze. With their renaissance skill levels their sculptures mix unique bronze art sculptures and macro photographs of ultra-high resolution.
Michelangelo Buonarroti, a renaissance artist who sculpted the David, was a genuine Tuscan genius who began working when he was just 26 and this masterpiece was situated in the museum called the Gallery of the Accademia in between 1501 and 1504.
The Fountain of Neptune was carved during 1563-65 to mark the opening of the new aqueduct by Bartolomeo Ammannati and Giambologna. Because of the brightness of its marble the statue is known as Biancone, aka Great White.
A monument located in Piazza Santa Croce next door to Santa Croce Basilica is the Monumento a Dante Alighieri which was constructed in 1865 by Enrico Pazzi a local Italian sculptor.
The iconic statue of Benvenuto Cellini at Piazza della Signoria was unearthed in Florence in Perseus with the head of Medusa. The piece was commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici to sculpt Cellini who was one of the finest goldsmiths of the Renaissance in 1545.
Il ratto delle Sabine is a masterwork of the official Medici artist Giambologna who commissioned the impressive monument, now in the Loggia della Signoria. The artist created the piece from a single marble block in 1583.
Florence Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best Florence art schools are:
- Accademia d’Arte at Via dei Pandolfini 46/red
- Leonardo da Vinci Art School at Via dei Pandolfini 46r
- The Florence Academy Of Art at Via Aretina 293
- Scuola di Arte Sacra at Viale della Catena 4
- Florence Classical Arts Academy at Via Giuseppe Galliano 78
- Accademia del Giglio at Via Ghibellina 116
Accademia D’Arte AD’A is an International Art School located in the Borghese Palace constructed during the Renaissance period which was created by a group of painters from Belle Arti Academy in 2003.
Classes in drawing, old techniques, contemporary art painting, fresco painting, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, design of fashions, printing, and the history of the arts can be taken at Leonardo da Vinci Art School.
The Florence Academy of Art is a small vibrant teaching facility for emerging artists with curriculum that is derivable from the legacy of Classical Reality dating back to the 19th century that also addresses the artist’s role as a creative and professional artist.
Scuola di Arte Sacra is an international school based in Tuscany created with a view to promoting innovation in art and aesthetic art with an unlimited openness to the sacred universe.
The Florence Classical Arts Academy is a visual arts academy that teaches basic principles, methods, and techniques of classical art that have been faithfully transmitted since the Italian Renaissance across the ages.
Since 1995 Accademia del Giglio has been a private school designed to help international students learn Italian, comprehend many elements of the Italian culture, and master various skills of painting and sketching.
Studios For Rent Near You
You might be able to find art studios for rent in your area at:
- Numeroventi Design Residency at Via dei Pandolfini, 20
- Il Vivaio del Malcantone at Via del Malcantone, 15
Numeroventi has developed a global artist network throughout the years keeping bringing brilliant creative partners from across the world and from local countries to the city while working with major companies to help local citizens during their visit.
Il Vivaio del Malcantone is an autonomous facility that has been creating performance arts since 2011 while hosting residences and develops programs of creative education.
Some of the top places for art framing in Florence are:
- Corniceria Artigiana Di Fanelli Bernardo at Piazza Niccolò Acciaiuoli 6/R
- Mondo Cornici at Piazza Taddeo Gaddi 2r
- Bottega d’Arte Maselli at Via de’ Ginori 51r
- Cornici Julia Markert at Via Romana 72/R
Corniceria Artigiana Di Fanelli Bernardo is a laboratory specializing in the selling of antique and modern artworks that also does the production of tailored frames, oil painting, graffiti, spieces and aquarelles, more recent prints, and graphics.
Mondo Cornici has worked in the art sector near you for more than 20 years and knows how to best help with the selection of frames, artworks, and prints. They have over 300 kinds of classical frames, modern frames and manufactured frames for paintings, imprints, photographs, beads, mirrors and much more in their local frame shop in the Ponte alla Vittoria area.
Every frame is a unique item of Bottega d’Arte Maselli where you may personalize the frames by choosing the wood kind, the graving style, the processing procedure, and the measurements.
The Corcini Julia Market offers exceptional frames both old and new as they know many works of art are improved with a unique and exclusive framework that may be adapted to a certain picture.
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