Born officially in 1906, the Museum Stibbert collects a wonderful infinity of armor, war objects, works of art and noble costumes from almost every corner of the Earth. Starting from Medieval European armor to the Japanese swords of the XVI century, from the clothes of the court of the Baroque era to the Chinese porcelain, the museum is a veritable center of world culture. The big credit goes to Frederick Stibbert (1838-1906), who spent his life collecting objects of all the earth. Even before it became a museum, the Villa Stibbert, which is located on the hills of Montughi in Florence, was already visited for the charm of objects gathered by the English nobleman. The Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, Gabriele D’Annunzio are just a few names of the visitors of the time.
This year, the Foundation Stibbert, together with the patronage of the Ente Cassa Risparmio di Firenze and Florentine company Giusto Manetti Battiloro, has organized an exhibition of the armors of the peoples of the Islamic faith. The artistic sensibility of the artisans of the Middle East has generated over the centuries decorative solutions of refinement through the use of gold leaf, silver leaf, damascening of precious metals, posed to highlight the ornaments of helmets, shields and swords. The result is a spectacular journey through the ages in the war culture and craftsmanship of Islamic peoples.
The exhibition runs from 16 April to 9 November 2014 For further information please visit www.museostibbert.it