The Bargello from 1880s to the present day.

A lecture by Paola D’Agostino



Paola D’Agostino, Director Musei del Bargello


The Bargello, one of the most distinctive Medieval buildings in Florence, is home to many of the most renowned masterpieces of Italian sculpture, such as Donatello’s David and Michelangelo’s Bacchus.  It is also the oldest National Museum in Italy.


Paola D’Agostino, Director Musei del Bargello, will discuss the magnificent rooms of this astonishing medieval palazzo and how they have changed over time. Masterpieces by Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello, Michelangelo, Bernini and the rest, have “lived” in different  rooms at different times - and a review of these changes tells us a lot about the different approaches to studying and viewing sculpture from the late nineteenth century to the present day.


Paola D’Agostino did her postgraduate studies in London at UCL and The Courtauld, before building a career in the USA, first at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  She was appointed Director of the BArgello in 2015.


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