Italian Cabinet Galleries
West Building Main Floor

Overview: Three intimately scaled galleries present the types of works that were kept and enjoyed in the private chambers of Italian princes, humanists, and well-to-do merchants. In these rooms, known as cabinets or studioli (studies), Renaissance collectors expressed their individual tastes and interests through the rare and beautiful objects they chose to display. Paintings, bronze statuettes and plaquettes, rock crystal vessels, and brightly decorated ceramics reveal the Renaissance fascination with classical Greece and Rome, as collectors sought out antiquities and commissioned works incorporating heroes and motifs from the ancient world.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required.

Image: Jacopo Tintoretto, The Conversion of Saint Paul, c. 1545, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1961.9.43

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