The Collections – Artistic Handicraft

In the splendid setting of the Del Bianco Foundation Museum, the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco® – Life Beyond Tourism® has decided, after more than twenty years of activity, to exhibit in the rooms of the palace memories, objects, and books that it has received over time by way of donation.

What we find on display in the various rooms and corridors is a priceless treasure, not so much as regards the material preciousness of objects – although in many cases this is also the case – as because of the meaning they represent, and because all of them have been donated wholeheartedly, with respect and with gratitude by the hundreds of people, as well as public and private institutions with whom the Foundation has been establishing deep relationships throughout these years.

The extraordinary nature of the collection lies in the genuineness with which it has been donated and of the works themselves. It is an emblematic collection of the skills of authentic craftsmanship of their countries of origin and of their respective cultures, of which it is an expression. Indeed, this collection can be rightly considered unique and inestimable due to the fact that it stands out as a token of a humanity and an almost familiar authenticity that has no parallel in any other city collections that are deemed more prestigious and therefore by far more celebrated.

All this is breathed in the rooms of the Palace that houses the Foundation Museum, when observing its showcases with the hundreds of objects exhibited in them: lacquers from more than 5 different countries, variegated in their shapes and shiny surfaces; crystals of a thousand colours; shaped metals and woods; variegated porcelains and precious fabrics of skilfully worked silk and wool, all works that reflect and bear witness to the cultures of origin and all, without exclusion, expressing affection and profound humanity.

The masterly skills of the artisans is evident in many works, but what is most striking is that we can perceive in them, in their simplicity as in their moving appearance, the newfound enthusiasm with which they were made, as confirmation of that spirit of freedom and thought that long, or rather for too long many of them were deprived of for generations.

In reality, words are useless, as they are not the best way to describe what the collections want to convey: seeing and then imagining and savouring the atmospheres that the objects give off. Here is the added value of the collection: in the Florence that the whole world loves, in one of its Renaissance Palaces, to feel the very world itself, in all of its humanity.