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Museo Stibbert

Florence's Most Bizarre Museum

The Egyptian Temple

Grandsom of Giles Stibbert, commander-in-chief for the British East India Company in Bengal, Frederick Stibbert (1838–1906) fought with Garibaldi and hobnobbed with Queen Victoria, and inherited millions, which he spent on buying stuff. You can savour his lifetime’s accumulations in Florence’s most bizarre museum, and its nicest small park, laid out by Stibbert, complete with a mouldering Egyptian temple sinking in a pond.

Stibbert’s Italian mother left him a 14th-century house, which he enlarged, joining it to another house to create a sumptuous Victorian version of what a medieval Florentine house should have looked like – 64 rooms to contain a pack-rat’s hoard of all things brilliant and useless, from an attributed Botticelli to snuff boxes, to what a local guide intriguingly describes as ‘brass and silver basins, used daily by Stibbert’. You'll find sets of porcelain (including 18th-century Ginori settings), a portrait of Francesco I by Agnolo Bronzino, Medici portraits by Justus Sustermans, two paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Younger and a terracotta Madonna and Child by Nanni di Bartolo.

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by DanyJack Mercier, Sailko, GNU Creative Commons License