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The Marble Museum

The Marble Museum displays a selection of sculptures that come from the collection of antiquities that belonged to the Riccardi family, passionate collectors of ancient marble artefacts. The collection was moved to these premises from Villa di Gualfonda. In 1810, when the palace was acquired by the State, only part of the Riccardi Collection flowed into public galleries: the remaining objects were kept inside the building and can now be appreciated both in the Marble Museum and throughout the first floor of the museum. These include marble busts from the ancient Roman period representing scholars, heroes, emperors, or gods, among which the Roman Emperor Caracalla, Emperor Hadrian’s wife Vibia Sabina, Euripides, Anacreon, Sophocles, and an extremely fine bust of an athlete. Other marble busts and sculptures were transferred to the Uffizi Gallery, but nonetheless, visitors can appreciate their corresponding plaster casts representing Augustus and Agrippa, the originals of which were donated in 1471 to Lorenzo the Magnificent by Pope Sixtus IV, and Caligula and Nero, the original of which were acquired in 1669 by the Riccardi family.