Galleria di Palazzo Cini
This morning, two days before it closes for the winter, I finally got round to visiting the Galleria di Palazzo Cini.
In addition to the gallery's own permanent collection, I was enticed by a temporary exhibition of two portraits of Daniele Barbaro (1514-70), a major Venetian patron of the arts, which are on loan from the Prado and the Rijksmuseum.
The portraits are by two of the great geniuses of sixteenth century Venetian art, Titian and Veronese, and depict Barbaro, respectively, in his early thirties and mid to late forties.
The portraits were displayed facing each other on opposite sides of a room and I kept turning my head from one to the other until I developed a crick in my neck!
This was my first visit to the gallery, which houses a small collection of mostly Tuscan, mostly religious and, it has to be said, mostly minor works of art (and artefacts).
The collection was created by Vittorio Cini (1885-1977), an entrepreneur, politician and collector from Ferrara, and is displayed in an intimate suite of rooms, which were used by Cini when he was alive.