Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

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    Giambologna's "Oceano" at the Bargello
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    Cosimo I de Medici, by Vincenzo Danti
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    In the Bargello's inner courtyard
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    Another great art gallery in Florence

    by Jefie Written Jun 25, 2010

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    Dating back to 1255, the architecture of the Bargello is somewhat similar to that of Palazzo Vecchio in the sense that they both look like fortresses; in the case of the Bargello, it makes total sense since it used to be a prison and the inner courtyard that now houses so many great sculptures was the scene of executions for about 200 years. The Bargello became a museum in 1865, which makes it one of Italy's oldest public museums. It houses the world's largest collection of Italian Medieval and Renaissance sculptures. Among the museum's most famous pieces are Michelangelo's drunken "Bacchus" and Donatello's bronze "David". I also thought the Carrand Collection, an ecclectic collection of decorative arts put together in the 19th century by Jean-Baptiste and Louis Carrand, was very interesting to see. In some cases, it was possible to look at the jewels and brooches through magnifying lenses, and it was amazing to see all the work that had gone into making something so small. There's one ring in particular I really would have liked to get my hands on...!

    Admission to the Bargello is only 4 Euros and you don't need to book in advance. Open daily from 8:15 am to 5:00 pm.

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    Bargello

    by roamer61 Written May 9, 2009

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    This is the National Museum of Sculpture. A visit here will find such masterpieces as Bacchus by Michelangelo and David by Donatello. The building itself was originally built during the 13th Century to house military captain whose duty was to keep the peace. In the 16th century, the Medici made it the home of the "Bargello" or Police Chief. In the courtyard, executions were carried out intil the late 18th Century when they were abolished. Today, the museum is a major attraction.

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    The Bargello Museum

    by xiquinho Written Jan 2, 2008

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    Located behind the Palazzo Vecchio, on the via del Preconsolo, is the Bargello Museum (Museo Nazionale del Bargello). Housed in the stupendous Bargello Palace (Palazzo del Bargello), built in 1255, the museum contains the most wide-ranging collection of medieval and Renaissance sculpture in Italy.

    On show are pieces by Michelangelo (including his first major sculpture, a drunken Bacchus, completed when he was just 22), another David (this one by Donatello) and pieces by della Robbia, Verrocchio and Ghiberti.

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    Bargello Museum

    by aquatic Written Oct 5, 2007

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    The National Museum has its setting in one of the oldest buildings in Florence that dates back to 1255. Most tourist groups skip it, others who stay in town only a couple of days don't include it in the list of must-see. I found this museum very important, especially for people who know something about art...
    Here you can find most famous works by Donatello including bronze David, some works by Michelangelo (1475-1564): Bacchus, the relief representing a Madonna with Child, Brutus and David-Apollo. There are also bronze sculptures by Giambologna... and many more intereting things.
    I found about three hours for this museum early in a morning and very gald I didn't skip it. Too bad they don't have a well printed book about the collection, I bought whatever they had.

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    Tuscan Art in an Unsavoury Local

    by mikey_e Written Aug 22, 2007

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    Museo Nazionale del Bargello

    The Museo Nazionale del Bargello bears a bit of a resemblance to the Palazzo Vecchio (primarily because of the tower), but there are a few more similarities, primarily because of both buildings' association to power and authority. The Palazzo del Bargello, sometimes called the Palazzo del Podestà, was built in the 13th century and first used as the house of the magistrate and then as a police station. This was also the site of some of mediaeval Florence's prisons and more than a few people were tortured by the well in the courtyard. Luckily, such goings-on don't occur any more in the Palazzo del Bargello. Today it is the home of a large collection of Tuscan Renaissance sculpture. The Sala del Cinquecento has some of Michelangelo's earlier works here, like his Bacco and Madonna col Bambino. The courtyard features a Giambologna statue (Oceano), while the Sala del Trecento holds more Gothic works. In the Salone del Consiglio Generale on the first floor you will find many of Donatello's works, including his Marzocco, a copy of which stands in the Piazza della Signoria. Note as well that this area used to contain the cells of prisoners. At the end of the hall is the Cappella di Santa Maria Maddalena, whose walls are decorated with frescoes because this was the 13th century workshop of Giotto before it became a place of worship. The second floor contains works from the della Robbia family collection, the most famous of which is the Fanciullo.

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    Museo Nazionale del Bargello

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 13, 2006

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    The Museo Nazionale del Bargelo or Il Bargello was named for the police or Constable (Bargello) who ruled from here. Now the National Museum houses one of the most impressive collections of Renaissance sculptures anywhere in the world (namely three stories of treasures by Florentine Renaissance sculptors and a collection of Mannerist bronzes).

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    Oldest administration building

    by Karahan Written Nov 4, 2006

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    Bargello is the oldest administration building of Florence. It was built in 1255. Used as police department and jail. They also used it to execute criminals. Hundred years later, it's using as museum (1st national museum of Italy) nowadays. There are big saloons inside for Michelangelo, Donatello, Giambologna and Cellini. You can also see golden door panels here as i mentioned about them at baptistry tips.

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    the bargello

    by doug48 Written Jul 29, 2006

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    the bargello

    the bargello was built in 1255 as florence's town hall. in the 16th century it became florence's prison. in 1865 the bargello was converted to an art gallery showcasing florentine renaissance sculpture. some examples from the collection are michelangelo's "bacchus", giambologna's "mercury", verrocchio's "lady with a posy", and donatello's "david".

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  • WORLD OF GOTHIC AND RENAISSANCE SCULPTURE

    by stemc Updated Mar 27, 2006
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    WORLD OF SCULPTURE
    IF THE UFFIZI IS OUT OF THIS WORLD FOR PAINTINGS THE BARGELLO IS THE PLACE FOR SCULPTURE
    THE BARGELLO WAS AT ONE TIME FLORENCE'S PRISON AND TORTURE CHAMBER DURING THE MEDICI PERIOD UP TO 1859 DURING THE RENAISSANCE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE EXECUTED HERE HAD THEIR PORTRAITS PAINTED ON THE WALLS OUTSIDE
    THERE ARE MICHELANGELO AND DONATELLO SCULPTURES, BRONZES BY CELLINI AND GIAMBOLOGNA HIS MOST FAMOUS BRONZE MERCURY IS ON DISPLAY HERE

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    Awesome sculptures at the Bargello

    by LostBoyPN Written Jan 14, 2005

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    I'm not a big sculpture lover. I prefer paintings. But the Bargello had some fantastic sculptures. I highly recommend it, especially if you like sculptures. See Donatello's David. It's small, but great.

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    Art Imitates Life

    by where2next Updated Apr 12, 2004
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    I was amazed by the incredible sculptures in this museum. I typically have seen "modern" sculpture in the U.S. which honestly makes no sense to me. In contrast, many of the sculptures at the Bargello are of people in a variety of settings. Furthermore, the sculptures themselves are detailed and are great works of art. Other museums in Florence get very much attention, and rightfully so, though the Bargello is very good and definitely is another to visit.

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    Sculptures

    by Igraine Updated Sep 24, 2003

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    the little fisherman

    The museo nazionale del Bargello houses a wonderfull sculpture collection. All major italian artists are there including Michelangelo, Ghiberti and Donatello. The building itself is wonderfull to see too, it once housed the prison.

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    Bargello

    by AgentJX Written Dec 23, 2002

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    A 13th century fortress is now another of the holding places for a fine collection of art works in Florence. The Bargello located near the Piazza Della Signoria is filled with sculptures from various artists. A bronze David by Donatello and some of Michelangelo’s early works are displayed and worth visiting.

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    Bargello Museum

    by GeoDenia Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Bargello Museum contains the most comprehensive range of medieval and Renaissance sculpture in Italy. Notable works include Michelangelo's drunken Bacchus and Donatello's David. Not too far away from the Bargello is Dante's House, a small museum that examines the famous Florentine's life.

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    Museo del Bargello

    by Chamsa Written Dec 7, 2002

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    The palace from 1255 is a museum since 1865. Extraordinary medieval and Reniassance masterpieces are displayed: Donantello's David and terracotta sculptures by Giovanni della Robbia (see picture).

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