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Art & Architecture: Baroque and the rest

Giovanni Fattori,  La Rotonda di Palmieri

In the long, dark night of later Florentine art a few artists stand out – the often whimsical architect and engineer Bernardo Buontalenti; Pietro Tacca, Giambologna’s pupil with a taste for the grotesque and the more conventional court sculptor, Giovan Battista Foggini; the charming Baroque fresco master Pietro da Cortona; the very pious Carlo Dolci and the strange Francesco Furini. Gherardo Silvani even introduced some Roman Baroque in church of San Gaetano, but it looks overwrought and guilty of trying too hard in Florence.

You can visit the Villa Corsini a Castello or the Museo di Casa Martelli to see how the upper crust lived in Baroque times, and perhaps hear some Puccini in the latter.

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Borgo San Lorenzo

Capital of the Mugello and Museo Chini

Chianti Sculpture Park

Contemporary Art and Music in the Woods

Collezione Roberto Casamonti

New Contemporary Art Collection in a Renaissance Palazzo

Carlo Dolci

That Repulsive Note of Piety

Giovan Battista Foggini

Baroque Sculptor

Fondazione Primo Conti

Foundation of the Florentine Futurist

Francesco Furini

Baroque Master of Nudes

Giovanni di San Giovanni

Winsome Baroque Painter

Jacopo da Empoli


The Macchiaioli

The ‘Splatterers’

Museo di Casa Martelli

Baroque Charm

Museo del Novecento

Modern Art in Florence

Opera di Firenze-Teatro del Maggio Musicale

In the Park of Music and Culture

Pietro da Cortona

A Rare Tuscan Baroque Master

Bernardino Poccetti

Anti-Mannerist with a light touch

Giuseppe Poggi

The Baron Haussmann of Florence

Ottone Rosai

Master of Magical Realism

San Firenze

Big and Baroque

San Frediano in Cestello

Baroque church in the Oltrarno

San Gaetano

A Bit of Roman Style Baroque in Florence

San Giovannino degli Scolopi

Florence's Jesuit Church

Santi di Tito


Justus Sustermans

17th-century Medici Court Painter

Pietro Tacca

Baroque Master of Bronze

Villa Bardini

and the Pietro Annigoni Museum

Villa Corsini a Castello

Lavish Baroque Villa

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art