Baroque waxworks collection donated to the Bargello Museum

Baroque waxworks collection donated to the Bargello Museum

Marquis Lionardo Lorenzo Ginori Lisci pledges 16 Baroque artifacts to the leading Florentine cultural institution.

Tue 27 Sep 2022 11:07 AM

A collection of 16 Baroque waxworks has been donated to the Bargello Museum by Marquis Lionardo Lorenzo Ginori Lisci, and the first five artifacts will go on display as part of the new Baroque Sculpture Room beginning in 2023.

Marquis Lionardo Lorenzo Ginori Lisci. Ph. Luca Cosenza
Vase with the Triumph of Neptune, by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi. Ph. Luca Cosenza

The donations of these works testifies to the interest of the Marquis Carlo Ginori, founder of the Ginori ceramics factory in 1737, who bought moulds from the workshops of the main Florentine sculptors so they could be used in the production of porcelain. Among the works donated are Alessandro Algardi’s The Flagellation, the original Vase with the Triumph of Neptune, designed by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi in 1721, as well as Giovan Battista Piamontini’s Massacre of the Innocents.

Restoration is now underway on these delicate works thanks to Francesca Rossi, with the guidance of museum curator Marino Marini.

Alessandro Algardi’s The Flagellation. Ph. Luca Cosenza

“The Bargello will continue its commitment to the restoration of the other waxworks and their setup, in rotation, in the new room dedicated to the Baroque,” explained museum director Paola D’Agostino

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