Museo Horne: a precious home in Florence
In a old palace in the centre of Florence, Museo Horne is a small and precious place unfortunately still unknowmn to mass tourism, is named efter the english collector Herbert Horne, who left his collections to the Italian State, as well as the old building where he had gathered them together during is life.
The building has an appearance that takes us back to the late fifteenth century, and in its present-day order, the museum reflects the direction given by the collector himself. The collection has an order that maintain the nature of a private home in the rooms through its furniture and furnishings.
Here are exposed domestic objects, like knives and forks in ivory and silver to hair needles, mirror holders, leather cabinets, firedogs for the hearth, all original.
The collection of paintings also includes an important group of Florentine and Sienese works from the fourteenth century, alongside other works from the fifteenth and sixteenth century, which reveals the taste and sensibility of the owner who was a great scholar of Sandro Botticelli.
Inside the museum you can find a panel depicting Saint Stephen by Giotto and sculptures of Desiderio da Settignano, Giambologna and Bernini.