Poggio a Caiano (Prato) – The still lifes of the Medici Collection

800px-Bartolomeo_Bimbi_(figs)Jasmine and elder flowers, citrus trees, baskets of grapes, cherries and all kinds of fruits and rare animals are some of the subjects of the 200 still lifes from the extraordinary Medici collections on display in the Museo della Natura Morta in Poggio a Caiano, the only museum in the world of its kind.

The museum is housed in the suggestive Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano – an architectonical masterpiece from the Renaissance with frescoes by Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Alessandro Allori commissioned by Lorenzo the Magnificent and Giuliano da Sangallo in 1484.

On the third floor in sixteen different rooms the paintings are hung in chronological order to guide the visitors through the history of the biggest collection of still lifes in Europe carefully collected by the Medici from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century. With great passion, four generations of the noble Florentine family – Cosimo II and Maria Magdalena of Austria, the Grand Duke Ferdinando II, Cosimo III and Prince Ferdinand – collected and distributed the still lifes to their many summer residents, such as the Villa di Poggio in Caiano.

Among the many paintings are the famous “pomological collection” – paintings of citrus fruits – by Bartolomeo Bimbi, the splendid Vase of Flowers by Jan Brueghel, called “the Velvet Brueghel”, the Supper at Emmaus, probably one of the first Flemish paintings that arrived in Florence, and paintings by Felice Boselli, Margherita Caffi, Giovanna Garzoni, Bartolomeo Ligozzi, Otto Marseus and many others.


Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano                                                                                                Piazza de’ Medici 14                                                                                                                   Poggio a Caiano (Po), Italy


From Monday to Sunday
8.15 am – 4.30 pm in January, February, November, December
8.15 am – 5.30 pm in the month of March (daylight savings time 6.30 pm)
8.15 am – 6.30 pm in April, May, September
8.15 am – 7.30 pm during the months of June, July, August
8.15 am – 6.30 pm in the month of October (5.30 pm solar time)

Closing time: the second and third Monday of the month, New Year, 1st May, Christmas

The Still Life Paintings Museum is accessible only with guided tours of the security staff,
every hour, starting at 9.00, except at 1pm.

TICKETS: Free admission

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