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The Stibbert Museum!
Florence is known for its splendid treasuries of Renaissance art. In contemporary Florence, as in Eliot's time, "the women come and go talking of Michelangelo". But one must step away from the hordes swarming around the statue of David at the Academia or the glories of the Uffizzi in order to take in a curious gem in hidden Florence that most tourists miss. One can visit the Stibbert Museum (http://www.museostibbert.it/en)...
1838 - 1906
Stibbert, like Winston Churchill, must have developed a lifelong love for toy soldiers as a boy. His family fortune allowed him and opportunity to indulge his passion for soldiering and collecting militaria over many years.
Stibbert had catholic tastes, assembling an important collection of Japanese knights as well as western and Islamic soldiers.
|Hall of the Cavalcade|
The enormous Hall of the Cavalcade lies at the heart of the Stibbert Museum. It features twelve mounted knights in double file with a mix of European and Islamic styles. St. George, the patron saint of England, looks down on the armored equestrians.
Stibbert never married. His family wealth allowed him to assemble a magnificent collection of armor, weapons and art. Stibbert died in 1906 and left his home / museum to the city of Florence which manages it to this day.
If you have a chance to visit Florence, break away from the ordinary and check out the astonishing Stibbert Museum (http://www.museostibbert.it/en).
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