Florence 3: Museo Marino Marini

Museo Marino Marini, Florence. (Photo by Matthew Ginn © 2014)
The 1947 cement sculpture “Cavaliere” is one of Marino Marini’s signature works on display at the museum named for him. (Photo by Matthew Ginn © 2014)

Just a quick post today in my series from Florence. Somehow, I had a few minutes between seeing a few other museums, so I stopped in the Marino Marini museum on my way back to my hotel.

Not being a scholar of art nor of things Florentine, I had no idea what to expect. The museum is in the historic center of Florence, but a bit off the most well-beaten paths. There were enough people hanging out around the entrance, but they were a different breed of tourist from the crowds outside Florence’s more well known attractions. These were younger: early 20s, I’d say, probably university students, and not as far from home as the average visitor to Tuscany.

I went inside and, after a brief walk through yet-another-14th-century-chapel, found myself in a modern art museum. Who knew?? Like many buildings in Florence, the center is a modern retrofit inside a centuries-old building—an old church, if I remember correctly.

The gallery is primarily focused on its namesake sculptor, Marino Marini (1901-1980), who is best known for his stylized equestrian works and his nudes. He also painted. I’d never heard of him, but it was definitely a refreshing lagoon in the vast ocean of medieval art that is Florence.

Museo Marino Marini, Florence. (Photo by Matthew Ginn © 2014) Museo Marino Marini, Florence. (Photo by Matthew Ginn © 2014)