Permanent Collection - Palazzo Pitti

The list of sights to be seen in this palace of the arts is as vast as the palace itself. There is the spectacular Palatine Gallery, containing more than 1000 paintings by Europe's greatest painters, which can easily compete with the Uffizi galleries in the quality of exhibited artworks.

The Palatine Gallery, on the first floor of the piano nobile, is perhaps the most famous of the galleries, a large ensemble of over 500 principally Renaissance paintings, which were once part of the Medicis' and their successors' private art collection. The gallery, which overflows into the royal apartments, contains works by Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Rubens, and Pietro da Cortona. The character of the gallery is still that of a private collection, and the works of art are displayed and hung much as they would have been in the grand rooms for which they were intended rather than following a chronological sequence, or arranged according to school of art.

This gallery has not been altered since the 19th century. It has as many works in each room as possible. It is like they are a magnificent wallpaper on every surface with as many gilt-framed pieces as possible.

Gallery of Modern Art
Rather more liberally spaced are the paintings in the Gallery of Modern Art. It boasts more than 30 rooms and numerous works from the Macchiaioli movement. Other notable Italian schools are also represented.

Costume Gallery
This gallery in the Pitti Palace is a fine exhibit of over 6,000 items of extravagant clothing. All of these are from the last 300 years.

Porcelain and Silver Museum
Ornate pink-walls are a very suitable environment for Porcelain Silver. The Silver museum is also known as the Medici Treasury. This is due to its riches of silver, ivory, gems and rock crystal vases on show.

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