The Gipsoteca of the Galleria dell’ Accademia

A lecture by Cecilie Hollberg


In 1784, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Peter Leopold, converted the friary hospital of San Matthew into a gallery for the students of the  Accademia delle Belle Arti to study the greatest works of the past. The Gipsoteca (which mean the hall of models) was born, which now houses a fine collection of 19th century plaster casts by Lorenzo Bartolini, a great sculptor and professor of the Academy.


Cecilie Hollberg, Director of the Accademia, discuss the importance of the recently restored Gipsoteca in the Galleria dell’ Accademia 


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