Before the European tour initiated by the MNHA in 2018, the collection, assembled over more than 35 years, has never been shown in Europe. The works clearly demonstrate that the Florentine artists of the 17th and early 18th centuries influenced European art history to a far greater extent than art historical research and the general public have previously perceived.
Allegories, religious motifs, genre scenes and portraits by Jacopo da Empoli, Felice Ficherelli, Francesco Furini and Onorio Marinari form the core of the collection. The presentation includes a striking ensemble of paintings by three generations of the Dandini family, a painter dynasty that made a name for itself primarily with female portraits. Several works from the MNHA collection will also be shown for the first time, such as Pier Dandini's Banquet of Cleopatra and Mark Antony or Ottavio Vannini's portraits of the evangelists Luke and John.