Horne Museum

Horne Museum (20)

At number 6 Via dei Benci you'll find this splendid typical Quattrocento palazzo that now houses the Horne Museum

The building was constructed for the Alberti family in the late 15th century and is attributed to the architect Simone del Pollaiuolo. Some years later the Alberti family bequeathed their palace to the Corsi family, who were involved the wool trade. The basement of the house, therefore, came to be used for the washing and dyeing of fabrics, while the ground floor was used for conducting business and the first floor as a residence. 

Later, in the 19th century, the English architect and historian Herbert Percy Horne acquired the property and refurbished it to house his collections of Renaissance furniture and art objects. Though not a wealthy man, Horne brought together an intriguing variety of pieces of significant interest. 

While some of these objects have been moved to the Uffizi, here you can see works such as The Descent, the final work of Benozzo Gozzoli, or the magnificent Saint Stephen by Giotto. Among the wonderful furniture items on display visitors will probably be drawn to the splendid 15th-century walnut sideboard and a sacristy bench made in marquetry, one of the most beautiful works of the first half of the 14th century. 

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