Tuscany, Italy

Bargello National Museum

Bargello National Museum is located in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Palazzo del Bargello. It used to be the headquarters of the Capitano del Popolo and the residence of the Bargello (police chief). It also served as a prison during the 18th century.

Interior and Exhibits

This museum has a large collection of sculptures that include Donatello’s statue David and Saint George, as well as the Portrait of Brutus by Tondo Pitti. There are also many statues from the 16th century by Giambologna, Bandinelli, and Ammannati. The entrance to the museum is quite huge with heraldic decorations on the walls, while in addition to the sculpture; the museum also features a collection of goldwork, baroque jewels, various metal objects, and ivory carvings.

History

Bargello National Museum has an interesting story to tell. The Council of the Hundred held their first meetings there, which involved the plot against Medici. A lot of alterations and additions were made during the 15th century, and it was not until mid-19th century, that this place was turned into a national museum.