Bargello Museum

The Bargello might not be as well-known as the Uffizi and the Accademia but I remember enjoying the sculptures when I was here in 1983 and we enjoyed the museum.

The Bargello is in one of the oldest buildings in Florence, a former jail among other things. It’s interesting in itself. 

It’s amazing the delicacy and detail that can be carved out of stone. Or cast in bronze. I’m not an expert, I just like the sculpture!

The two finalists from the Baptistery door competition are on display along with a collection of majolica. We liked this ornate game board and this traditional blue ceiling with gold stars. 

We liked this lectern with a trompe l’oeil effect in wood on the base. It was different on each side. 

trompe l'oeil effect in wood
lectern

The armory display had many examples of crossbows, from smaller “pistol” style to longer “rifle” style plus an early repeating pistol? I bet that was easy to holster. 

I hope these helmets are for parade wear. They don’t look very practical for battle.