The Stefano Bardini Museum is frequented by visitors and scholars from all over the world for the unique appeal of its collection and layout. The building has faithfully maintained the original layout designed by Stefano Bardini, an erudite connoisseur of the arts and an immensely skilled and somewhat unscrupulous antique dealer who donated his collection to Florence in 1922. The museum's finest pieces include Tino di Camaino's Charity, Donatello's Madonna of the Apple and Madonna of the Ropemakers, Antonio del Pollaiolo's St. Michael the Archangel and Guercino's Atlas, alongside ceramics, small bronzes, oriental rugs, rare 15th century bridal chests and a small but very important collection of arms and armour.
Pratical information and facilities
*Due to COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, Sunday and holydays the reservation for the museum entrance is mandatory at least one day in advance.
Reservation is also higly raccomended during the week- Please call +39 0552768 224 or write firstname.lastname@example.org
Fully accessible apart from the Arms Room. Entrance is at no. 1, Piazza de' Mozzi.
Via dei Renai, 37 (Ponte alle Grazie)
Tel. Ticket Office +39 055 2342427
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday : 11 a. m. - 5 p.m.
Last entry: 30 minutes before closing time
Exhibitions and Events
Kevin Francis Gray
June 2th - 21st December 2020
Museo Stefano Bardini, presents the show Kevin Francis Gray,
from June 2 until December 21 2020, curated by Antonella
Nesi and dedicated to the artist of Irish descent. The exhibit is
promoted by the City of Florence, and organized by Mus.e in
collaboration with Eduardo Secci Contemporary, thanks to the
generous support of Moaconcept. The presence of the works
by Kevin Francis Gray in Florence indicates and confirms the
very prominent role that Florence occupies in the promotion of
The deep bond that exists between Kevin Francis Gray and
the Tuscan territory is demonstrated by the longstanding
collaboration between the artist and the marble processing
studios in Pietrasanta. However, for the first time, thanks to this
show, the artist exhibits his works in Florence, in search for a
direct dialogue with the great masters of the past. In the halls of
the Museum, we find more than ten pieces realized with different
kinds of marble: statuario, Carrara, bardiglio, marquina and an
artwork in bronze. The artist’s devotion towards the art of the
past is testified not only by the materials he employs, but also by
that love for the ephemeral, for classic poses and for the subjects
almost magically wrapped in a timeless veil.
At the same time, the statues reveal a more contemporary
nature: the use of the “non finito”, the distortion of somatic
traits or their veiling, putting us in touch with the more human
and even mysterious part of Gray’s work. In fact, it’s thanks to
this coexistence of past and present that his works are able to
establish a bond with classicism yet maintain that necessary link
to the contemporary world, and thus show how a reconciliation
between these two, apparently opposite worlds, is not just
possible, but also desirable.