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“Primitivi” Rooms


These are the rooms displaying the most famous, antique Florentine and Tuscan paintings, which can be dated back to the 13th century. They include Giotto, Cimabue, and Duccio, whose large panels can be seen in the first large area built - like the rooms that follow it - in the mid 1950s and inspired by the main room of a medieval church. The architects (Giovanni Michelucci 1891-1900, Carlo Scarpa 1906-1978, and Ignazio Gardella 1905-1999) belong to the Modern Architecture movement.  In place of rooms with a traditional look and a beaux arts style (i.e., with partly arched ceilings, skylights in the centre, and marble doorways), the interiors are white with clean-cut, simple lines, free from ornaments and decorations, but not without a minimum of traditional materials, including Tuscan cotto on the floors and pietra serena stone.

Text by
Antonio Godoli
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