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Palazzo Buontalenti

Place dedicated to modern and contemporary art

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The headquarters of Fondazione Pistoia Musei dedicated to temporary exhibitions. In Palazzo Buontalenti.

This palace has been set up as the headquarters of the Fondazione Pistoia Musei, dedicated to temporary exhibitions with a special focus on modern and contemporary art.

Palazzo Buontalenti (formerly Palazzo Sozzifanti) is an interesting example of late-sixteenth century Florentine architecture. It occupies an important portion of the Canto de’ Rossi site at the edge of the first circle of city walls. It is imposing in terms of size, but in fact is scarcely visible due to the proximity of the surrounding buildings and because it faces onto streets that do not allow it to be seen in perspective. The way the windows and doors are arranged is very particular since they are not aligned with the reference facade.

The harmonious and austere internal courtyard is characterized by two systems of arcaded galleries with a double order of columns the diameters of which decrease in such a way as to heighten the picturesque impression of soaring upwards lines.

The Palazzo’s name comes from the alleged involvement of the famous Florentine architect Bernardo Buontalenti in the building’s design phase.

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