Palazzo Davanzati: a Medieval Time Machine

A lecture by Paola D'Agostino, Director Musei del Bargello


We are thrilled to welcome Paola D’Agostino to the Library for this lecture.  Paola is the Director of the Bargello Museums group, which includes Palazzo Davanzati, the Medici Chapel and the Bargello itself.


The talk will explore the unique story of Palazzo Davanzati, a rare surviving late Medieval private residence in the heart of Florence. This extraordinary monumental building documents the private life of Florentine merchants over time. After several changes in owners and function, Palazzo Davanzati was acquired in 1956 by the Italian Government to become a State Museum. The very recent re-installation of its wide-ranging collections, framed in the magical historic rooms, allows the visitors and scholars to enjoy a travel through time.


If you are in Florence and would like to attend the lecture in person at the British Institute Library, please register here or send an email to

The registration fee is 10 Euro per person. All participants are invited to wear a mask throughout the event. 


To join this  lecture with Zoom (no reservation necessary), simply click on this link: at 18:00 on Wednesday 22nd March.

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