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Museo Horne

Small but Choice

Inside the museum

Florence owes this delightful museum to Herbert Percy Horne (1844–1916), English art historian, biographer of Botticelli, and Florentinophile, who bequeathed his collection to the nation. It's arranged as a Renaissance home

There are some excellent works: on the first floor, a large Deposition, the last work, a Deposition from the Cross of Gozzoli, sadly darkened with age, a painting by the great Sienese Pietro Lorenzetti, and a tondo of St Jerome by Piero di Cosimo.

In the next room hangs Horne’s prize, Giotto’s golden painting of young St Stephen with two of the stones of his future martyrdom balanced on his head; other works include Signorelli’s Redeemer (a beardless, girlish youth), Beccafumi’s Decalione e Pirra, and a saccharine St Sebastian by Carlo Dolci.

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Sailko, GNU Creative Commons License