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 The Museum of "Firenze Com'era" 


Address: Via Oriuolo, 4
The Museum of "Firenze com'era" (Florence as it was) is situated in the exconvent of the Pious Oblate Sisters. Although opened in 1956, its rich collections of historic and iconographic documentation date from the nineteenth century. The initial core of this historic topographic museum located in Casa Buonarroti drew on the Uffizi drawings and paintings and documented mainly Florence's years as Capital of Italy and the demolition of the ancient city centre using drawings, watercolours, engravings and early photographs. It was then gradually amplified to include the history and appearance of Florence back to its beginnings. The augmentation and alteration of the exhibits have resulted in structural enlargements rendering the present accommodation inadequate.
 
For this reason we give a summary description, mentioning only the finest pieces of the collection. Among the views and plans of the city the most important is that called "della Catena", a perfect nineteenth century reproduction of the original in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin. In the other sections are shown views of Florence in oil and tempera and some typical scenes mostly relating to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The twelve famous lunettes by Justus Utens (1599) showing the Medici villas are displayed side by side with other views including the etchings of Telemaco Signorini (1835-1901). Also shown are the famous etchings by Giuseppe Zocchi (1744) with the views of the churches, places and villas of Florence.
 
One section is dedicated to drawings and projects for the enlargement and alteration of the city after 1865 by the architect and urban planner Giuseppe Poggi (1811-1901).
 
The filing archive is open for consultation.


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