The Museo Bardini or Bardini Museum is named after its creator Stefano Bardini and is located in the Piazza de Mozzi, in the city of Florence. Bardini was a very successful antiques dealer who on his death in 1922, left his collection to the city of Florence, and it is this collection that the visitor can see today. Bardini was also a skilled photographer, painter, and restorer, and the building that houses his collection was once acted as his showroom and workshop.
The house itself is an artistic statement. It was refurbished by Bardini in the latter half of the 18th century, and this gave him the opportunity to introduce art into the building itself, and this can be seen by the way the doors and windows, plus the use of pilasters and columns, are intergrated into the overall design.
On display are a range of sculptures and paintings, ceramics, tapestries, plus items of furniture, but interestingly there are also a number of items salvaged when areas in the centre of Florence were demolished. Of the paintings, probably the most outstanding is the Saint Michael and the Dragon by Antonio del Pollaiolo.
The original room decorations have been recreated, particularly with the use of the colour blue which was much imitated at the time. Overall this quirky but stylish gem of a museum with its mix of items mostly from the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance periods may not be the best known museum in Florence, but it is still well worth a visit if you can find the time.