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Islamic Art and Florence from the Medici to the 20th century

Artistic exchanges between Florence and the Islamic world

June 22, 2018 – September 23, 2018

Uffizi Galleries, Piazzale degli Uffizi 6 50122 Florence, Italy

Curated by Giovanni Curatola and organised by the Uffizi in partnership with the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultural, exchange, dialogue and mutual influence that existed between the arts of East and West.

Florence’s interest in the Islamic world is apparent as early as in the diaries of Florentine merchants like Simone Sigoli, Leonardo Frescobaldi and Giorgio Gucci who travelled to the Holy Land in 1384 and also visited Cairo and Damascus, remarking in amazement on the sheer quantity and outstanding beauty of the items they saw.

Florence is also home to an extremely important collection of Islamic art comprising almost 3,300 pieces, all of them items of exceptional importance, donated by Lyon-born merchant Louis Carrand in 1889 to the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, already at that time one of Europe’s leading museums.

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