The Galleria Corsini is a private museum in Florence. The seat of the museum is the historic building Palazzo Corsini. The collection consists mainly of masterpieces from the 16th to the 18th century. The entrance is in the Via del Parione, but the building has its main façade on the Lungarno Corsini.
Galleria Corsini Florence
Address, opening times and admission
The Galleria Corsini can only be visited by appointment. Closed: Saturday and Sunday. Telephone: +39 055212880. The address is Via del Parione, 11 – 50123 Florence. The nearest bus stop is Porta Rossa (line C2).
History and description
The Galleria Corsini is Florence‘s most impressive private picture gallery. The museum was founded in 1765 by Prince Don Lorenzo. He called in the help of the painter Hugford for the decoration.
Highlights include five allegorical figures by Filippino Lippi, a “Crucifixion” attributed to Antonella da Messina and a “Madonna” by Botticelli.
By Luca Signorelli there is a “Madonna with Child and Saints Jerome and Bernard of Clairvaux”.
The majority of the paintings on display were made between the 16th and 18th centuries, although some are as old as the 14th century.
The Palazzo Corsini, one side of which overlooks the river, is built in a U-shape around a courtyard. The English style garden and late baroque building were constructed in the second half of the 17th century. The frescoes adorning the interior were painted between 1692 and 1700.
The roof of the palazzo is decorated with sculptures and terracotta vases, which was unique for Florence at the time.