Palazzo degli Alberti

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Coordinates: 43°52′48.80″N 11°5′41.59″E / 43.8802222°N 11.0948861°E / 43.8802222; 11.0948861

Palazzo degli Alberti

Palazzo degli Alberti (local: Casone degli Alberti) is a historical building in the center of Prato, Tuscany, central Italy. It is the seat of the Cassa di Risparmio di Prato bank, now part of the Banca Popolare di Vicenza, and is home to the former's large art collection.

History[edit]

The palace originated in the 13th century, as testified by traces of loggiati and openings (later closed) in its façade, dating from that period and made of pietra alberese, a kind of Tuscan limestone.

The current appearance of the façade is from later restorations, performed in the late 15th-early 16th centuries. Features from this period include the portal, the windows and the two decorative frames. At the palace's corner is a stone coat of arms of the Bardi di Vernio family, to which, among the others, belonged Cosimo de' Medici's wife, Contessina de' Bardi.

The Cassa di Risparmio di Prato, founded in 1830, moved its seat here in 1870. In the following year the building was restored and enlarged, until it reached its current size.

Madonna with Child (c. 1436), by Filippo Lippi.

Art gallery[edit]

Palazzo degli Alberti is home to the art gallery of the Cassa di Risparmio di Prato, with the most famous work of the collection being The Crowning with Thorns, attributed to Caravaggio (c. 1604).

The bulk of the collection is formed by Tuscan Baroque paintings (17th-18th century): artists represented include Matteo Rosselli (Moses Saved from the Waters), Jacopo Vignali, Giovanni Battista Vanni, Francesco Furini (David and Goliath), Giovanni Bilivert (Angelica and Roger), Carlo Dolci, Cesare, Vincenzo and Pietro Dandini, Justus Sustermans (a portrait of Vittoria della Rovere, Livio Mehus, Francesco Conti, Giovanni Martinelli an Cosimo Salvestrini.

Renaissance paintings include a Madonna with Child, a youth work by Filippo Lippi (c. 1436), a Crucifixion by Giovanni Bellini (c. 1505), as well as works by Santi di Tito. There is also a sculpture group by the Pratese artist Lorenzo Bartolini.

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