Palazzo Pitti : Michelin's recommendations
The entrance to the museum is via the central portico and the Ammannati main courtyard (1558-70). The largest museum is the Palatine Gallery which houses a rich collection of works from the 16 to the 18C, including two exceptional series of paintings by Titian ( The Concert, La Bella, Portrait of a Gentleman, Portrait of Tommaso Mosti) and by Raphaël (the Madonna of the Grand Duke, the Madonna della Seggiola, the Veiled Lady, reminiscent of the Fornarina in the Barberini Palace in Rome), complemented by major paintings by Rubens (the Four Philosophers), del Sarto ( St John the Baptist), Caravaggio ( Sleeping Cupid), Giorgione (the Three Ages of Man) and Lippi ( Madonna and Child). In addition, there are statues by Canova, as well as antique statues, frescoes by Pietro de Cortone and sketches by Rembrandt. The Royal Apartments reflect the luxury of state rooms used for ceremonial occasions (the Throne Room where Victor-Emmanuel became King of Italy); receptions and private activities (study, chapel) of the dynasties in power. The Gallery of Modern Art houses a collection of post-18C works. (Neo-Classicism, Romantism and, above all Macchiaioli, painters who broke away from the Academic art of previous movements and endeavoured to give an impression of the subject in small, touches of colour). The Silver Museum has a magnificent collection of ivory, semi-precious stones, gold and silverware and jewellery. The Palace is also home to a Carriage Museum and a Costume Gallery.
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