The Gallery is called "Palatina" because it is located in the "Palazzo" of the ruling family, the imposing Pitti Palace, royal residence of the Medici, of the Lorraine and lastly of the Savoy dynasty.
The collection of paintings, arranged in rooms sumptuously decorated with baroque stuccoes and frescoes, is a rare and precious example of a private princely gallery. The monumental royal apartments, joined to the gallery, show furnishings of the time when they were used by the Savoy, Kings of Italy.
In the early 19th C. the Lorraine Grand Dukes decided to display the huge collection of paintings acquired in the 17th and 18th C. by the last Medici members in the representative rooms on the first floor of the palace.
The collection was enlarged thanks to legacies and acquisitions at the time of the Grand Duke Cosimo III and his son Grand Prince Ferdinando, refined collector.
The museum was opened to visitors in 1828, during the reign of Leopoldo II.
The Gallery shows the taste of the Medici and of the Lorraine collections, displayed according to principles and decorations of a princely official gallery and including mainly works of the 16th and 17th C.
The Gallery houses the most significant collection of works by Raphael in the world, along with a rich group of Venetian works, such as many masterpieces by Titian.
It displays works by the main Italian and European artists of the 16th and 17th C., such as Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Veronese, Caravaggio, Rubens, Van Dyck, Murillo and Ribera.
Raphael: Madonna of the Grand Duke; Portraits of Agnolo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi; Portrait of a lady called "The Pregnant"; Madonna of the Canopy; Portrait of Tommaso Inghirami; Portrait of a lady called "The Veiled"; Madonna of the “Impannata” (“Clothed Window”); Madonna of the Chair.
Giorgione, The Three ages of man.
Titian: Concert; Portrait of Tommaso Mosti, Portrait of Ippolito de' Medici; Magdalene; Portrait of a lady called "The Beauty "; Portrait of a gentleman with greyish eyes; Portrait of Pietro Aretino.
Rosso Fiorentino, Dei Altarpiece.
Caravaggio, Sleeping Cupid; Portrait of a Knight of Malta.
Artemisia Gentileschi: Magdalene, Judith.
P.P. Rubens, The Four philosopher; The Three Graces; The Consequences of the war.
A. Van Dyck, Portrait of Cardinal Bentivoglio.
Antonio Canova, Italica Venus.
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Hours: 8.15 - 18.50
Monday, 1 May,1 January, 25 December
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