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An Art Dealer's Photographs: The Collection of Elia Volpi

Palazzo Davanzati and Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera

Palazzo Davanzati, in the centre of Florence, was bought by Volpi in 1904. After having entirely restored the building dating back to the 14th century, the antiquarian furnished it in the style of a Florentine residence from the Renaissance era. The building, which Volpi opened to the public in 1910 transforming it into a private museum and where he also conducted his own business affairs, became a destination for an international public. Inspired by the daily life of the Renaissance, the museum played a significant role in the spread of the Neo-Renaissance, especially in America. Having sold all the furnishings in New York in 1916, during an auction whose great success can also be traced to the international renown of the building, Volpi reopened the gates to his museum once more in 1920. However, the financial difficulties arising from the imminent economic crisis and the relative negative effects on the antiques business forced him to sell it in 1926. At the same time, however, he donated Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, bought in 1907 and also restored, to his hometown of Cittą di Castello. Upon his wish, the Civic Art Gallery was to be established in the building, and Volpi had directly contributed to its constitution. Numerous photographs of the legacy, above all regarding the furnishings of the building, make reference to this donation.


Brogi: Palazzo Davanzati in Florence. Albumin print, 25 x 20,9 cm, before 1904, inv. no.3104

Alemanni, A.: Room in the Palazzo Davanzati in Florence. Albumin print, 12,4 x 16,3 cm, c. 1910, inv. no. 607415

Unidentified photographer: Bust of the Virgin, formerly Palazzo Davanzati, auction Bellini Florence 1934. Silver bromide gelatine print, 25 x 19,8 cm, c. 1910?, inv. no. 607416

Unidentified photographer: Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Silver bromide gelatine print, 21,7 x 16,4 cm, c. 1910/20?, inv. no. 436292

Unidentified photographer: Hall in the first floor of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Silver bromide gelatine print, 17,1 x 23,1 cm, 1910/20?, inv. no. 436288

Unidentified photographer: Main hall in the first floor of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Silver bromide gelatine print, 16,6 x 23 cm, 1910/20?, inv. no. 436289

Unidentified photographer: Ceiling fresco of Cola dell'Amatrice, staircase of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Albumin print, 24,7 x 18,5 cm, before 1900, inv. no. 607417

Unidentified photographer: The muse Melpome, detail of the ceiling fresco in Cola dell'Amatrice, staircase of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Albumin print, 24,3 x 18,7 cm, before 1900, inv. no. 416586

Unidentified photographer: The muse Kalliope, detail of the ceiling fresco in Cola dell'Amatrice, staircase of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Albumin print, 24,2 x 18,6 cm, before 1900, inv. no. 416584

Unidentified photographer: The muse Polinnia, detail of the ceiling fresco in Cola dell'Amatrice, staircase of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Albumin print, 25,3 x 18,8 cm, before 1900, inv. no. 416585

Unidentified photographer: Leda and the swan, detail of the ceiling fresco in Cola dell'Amatrice, staircase of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Albumin print, 25,8 x 18,8 cm, before 1900, inv. no. 416590

Unidentified photographer: Apoll killing Phyton, detail of the ceiling fresco in Cola dell'Amatrice, staircase of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Albumin print, 17,3 x 22,7 cm, before 1900, inv. no. 416591

Unidentified photographer: Apollo and Pan, detail of the ceiling fresco in Cola dell'Amatrice, staircase of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Cittą di Castello. Albumin print, 19,8 x 22,8 cm, before 1900, inv. no. 416594




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