Among the key missions of a museum is finding the right balance between displaying works of art and preserving them. This is precisely what the Museo Ferragamo at Palazzo Spini Feroni sought to do with the “Un Palazzo è la città” — “a building is the city” — which will be up until April 2016.
The exhibition lets visitors to Florence learn about it from a different vantage point and discover how the magnificent Palazzo in Piazza Santa Trinità has played a key role in Florence’s history.
Traditionally, all exhibitions at Museo Ferragamo start with a spectacular collection of shoes from the museum’s historic archive.
Alongside unique, gorgeous shoes, this time four silk scarves were shown, which Ferragamo had designed in 1961 on a pattern depicting Palazzo Spini Feroni, made for Salvatore Ferragamo in the late 1950s.
These magnificent works of art are just some of the many art works shown in the museum.
The first room has a reproduction of the clock on the Palazzo’s facade, an excellent starting point from an all-encompassing view of Florence, past and present.
Over the centuries, the Palazzo has had an essential role in the city’s life.
It is even connected to Dante Alighieri; it is said that the well wedged between the walls of the Palazzo’s basement is the one that Beatrice used and it was around those very walls that Dante and Beatrice met.
The Palazzo was also an illustrious hotel in the 1840–50s. And its most impressive role would be when it was city hall in the era when Florence was capital of Italy. The Palazzo has always been a bustling center of action, the site of many art exhibitions in the past, and still to this day a vibrant, dynamic place whose busy life can be seen in an exciting video that shows 24 hours of work in Palazzo Spini Feroni.
The exhibition is a must-see. The excitement of the Palazzo is waiting to be discovered.
Plus, during the show, you can book a free guided tour of the Palazzo’s noble rooms between 10:00 am and 11:00 am the first Saturday of every month.
For information and reservations:
Palazzo Spini Feroni
Piazza Santa Trinita 5/R, 50123 Florence.
Tel. 055 3562846 / 055 3562813
Fax 055 3562475
Hours: The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm; closed January 1, May 1, August 15 and December 25.
English translation by Miriam Hurley