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Exhibitions in 2014

Francesco Noletti, known as Il Maltese Still-life with Carpet, Candied Fruit, Flowers and a Basket of Fruit - c. 1650 oil on canvas

Francesco Noletti, known as Il Maltese
Still-life with Carpet, Candied Fruit, Flowers and a Basket of Fruit, c. 1650 oil on canvas

The Room of the Muses
Baroque paintings from the Francesco Molinari Collection

February 11 – May 11, 2014

The Molinari Pradelli private collection is internationally renown and the most important formed in Bologna in the 20th century. The famed orchestra conductor Francesco Molinari Pradelli (1911-1996) traveled all over the world during his professional career and loved collecting high quality works of art.

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Alessandro Turchi, known as L’Orbetto
Rape of Europa, c. 1620–30 oil on canvas

With over 100 paintings from the collection, the Uffizi Gallery pays homage to a prestigious conductor who worked in Florence at the helm of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at the Teatro Comunale. The conductor had success all over the world, in Europe and America, from Vienna to San Francisco to New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
His growing passion for collecting paintings started in the 1950s, first with 19th century works and then discovering Baroque painting. He developed an attraction for still-lifes, a genre just beginning to garner interested from scholars.

In this, the maestro

combined the pleasure of owning artwork, aesthetic appreciation and the desire for knowledge, stimulated by museum visits in the cities his professional career took him to.

His choice of art reflected his passion, not what others considered might have considered was important to own.

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Carlo Magini, Still-life with Vegetables, Bread, Calf’s Head and Kitchen Utensils
c. 1760–1800, oil on canvas

Great art historians from Europe and America came to admire the maestro’s large private collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century painting from various Italian schools and the particular attention for models.

Mario Nuzzi, known as Mario dei Fiori - Bunch of Flowers in a Historiated Vase c. 1650–60, oil on canvas

Mario Nuzzi, known as Mario dei Fiori
Bunch of Flowers in a Historiated Vase
c. 1650–60, oil on canvas

The selection of over 100 paintings you can admire at the Uffizi is an exceptional opportunity to admire paintings not usually admired by the general public.

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday   8.15am – 6.50pm;
Closed on Mondays and 1st May
Exhibition included in Uffizi Gallery entry ticket.