Opificio delle Pietre Dure: Museum of Semi-Precious Stone Inlays

See this important collection illustrating the inlay techniques employed at the time, and collections of the Medici.
Opificio delle Pietre Dure: Museum of Semi-Precious Stone Inlays
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Overview

One of the famous artistic workshops of the Italian Renaissance, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure was established in 1588 at the behest of Ferdinando I de' Medici to provide the elaborate, inlaid precious and semi-precious stoneworks.

Discover the Museum of this institution, a fascinating and unusual Florentine gem!

Completely renovated in 1995, the collection was rearranged according to three main themes – the Grand-Ducal Medici and Lorraine periods, the Post-Unification period (after 1860), and the craftsman’s techniques. This third section also illustrates the production phases of intarsia and inlay work, giving you the opportunity to discover the most intimate mechanisms of a fascinating episode of Florentine art history.

Admission Times:
Monday to Saturday, during 4 fixed time slots in the morning:
8:30am, 9:50am, 11:10am, 12:30pm.
Individual visits outside of these hours are not possible.

Visit is accompanied by security personnel, for groups of a maximum of 30 persons.

Extraordinary opening on May 1.
Visit has a maximum duration of 1 hour.
Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice.

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Details

The Opificio delle Pietre Dure – literally “Workshop of Semi-Precious Stones” – is a public institute of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage based in Florence. It is a global leader in the field of art restoration and provides teaching as one of only two Italian state conservation schools. The institute maintains also a specialist library and archive of conservation as well as a scientific laboratory which conducts research and diagnostics and provides a preventive conservation service.

Attached to the Opificio delle Pietre Dure is its museum, which directly derives from the manufactory for the artistic production and workmanship of semiprecious stones officially founded in 1588 by Ferdinand I de’ Medici.

The collection of the Museum offers a  unique reflection of life and events of the centuries-old artistic production of the Opificio.

The Opificio's most prestigious creations were frequently gifts from the Florentine Grand Dukes to the powerful in all of Europe, and are conserved in palaces and museums throughout the continent.

The museum houses many of the incomplete works left behind in the workshops, along with modified or subsequently disassembled works. To these may be added all those artifacts which survived the 19th century dispersion during the reign of Napoleon, ending only in 1882 when the collection took on museum form. Among the latter are some highly impressive and sophisticated examples, outlining the historic development of craftsmanship over three centuries. The Museum also possesses an important reserve of ancient marbles and semiprecious stones illustrating the inlay technique employed at the time.

The Museum was renovated in 1995 according to Adolfo Natalini’s design. The collection was rearranged according to themes:    

  • the Grand-Ducal Medici and Lorraine periods
  • the Post-Unification period (after 1860)
  • the craftsman’s techniques

The section dedicated to the craftsman's techniques includes a rich set of stone samples, workbenches, tools and even didactic examples of a few of the production phases of intarsia and inlay work. In this way, you'll have the opportunity to trace the full process from the initial design through to the finished work, and to discover the most intimate mechanisms of a fascinating episode of Florentine art history.

Prices

Full Price

Reduced Price:

  • European Union citizens aged 18 to 25
  • European Union teachers

Free Tickets:

  • European Union citizens under 18 and over 65 (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Italian and European school groups accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking
  • Tourist guides with an official document
  • Tourist interpreters accompanying a group with an official document
  • Members of ICOM
  • Students or scholars of all nationalities, engaged on specific research, may apply for special permits for a limited period

Schools: Italian and European school groups accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking

Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are due for any kind of ticket and for free admission days.

Please note that you will be asked to exhibit a valid identity document at the museum entrance.

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The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.

 

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Dante Cardini

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Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.

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Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri

Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.

Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.

The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.

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Hard Rock Café

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Valid with Euro 25 purchase in the Cafe or Rock Shop. Valid till 30th of Dec. 2015. Not valid with other offers.

One per person per visit. Valid only at Florence location

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