Few people understand the importance of Pietra Dura in Renaissance art. This is the careful cutting/carving and inlaying of multiple colored stones, usually on a flat and highly polished surface, to create a design or image. Palazzos of the rich (read Medici) were full of artwork, tables, and examples of this high art. Touring this little visited museum will increase your understanding, and appreciation, for this art.
Anyone with an understanding of minerals and gemstones would be at a loss to miss this museum. But you should also stop in if you appreciate skilled craftmanship and the beauty of artwork beyond paintings and sculpture. Also, if you plan to visit the Pitti Palace, the Medici-Riccardi Palace, or the Palazzo Vecchio, I think you really should take the time to visit this museum so that you can picture the beautiful objects that filled those palaces. It's only 4 euros each (covered by the Firenze Card), right next to the Accademia, and you could just tour the ground floor in less than an hour.
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