An exhibition on Herbert P. Horne

Herbert Percy Horne, Englishman in love with Florence, chose to make his home there and gave his name to one of the most interesting museums in the city. Lover of art, music, literature and friend in London of Oscar Wilde and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Horne was also a great collector. Thanks to the donation of his home and collections this city has been enriched.


Herbert_P.Horne_-_Ritratto_di_Henry_Harris_Brown_1908_bassa This story is told for the first time in an exhibit entitled Horne & Friends. Florence a dream to save.

Herbert Percy Horne remains an enigmatic figure whose contribution to culture between the 19th and 20th centuries due to his multiple interests is still being evaluated; the Museum, with the special exhibit titled Horne & Friends documents his notable talents as a refined illustrator, poet and reference point for numerous English and American artists and intellectuals present in Florence at that time.

The exhibit offers a selection of drawings, prints, documents from the archive and volumes from the library of the Anglo-Florentine connoisseur, some of which are unpublished. Among these is a 1907 draft copy of the study on Botticelli, Alessandro Filipepi commonly called Sandro Botticelli, painter of Florence. Later published in 1908 this monograph remains unexcelled for its catalogue of works.

The important, innovative video installation and the end of the exhibit presents the complex figure of Horne in an immediate and compelling way for adult and children visitors alike.

Horne & Friends also seeks to reconstruct the intellectual climate and acquaintances kept by the esteemed scholar in the community of foreign intellectuals in the Tuscan capital between the 1800’s and 1900’s. Among his friends were writers, artists, art historians and collectors from Walt Whitman to Bernard Berenson and his wife, to Aby Warburg, Arnold Böcklin, Arthur Acton, Charles Loeser, and John Temple Leader.

On exhibit will be another unpublished work, Veduta di Firenze, collotype from 1914, by Edmund New (1871-1913).

Horne Museum

via dei Benci 6

27 May – 7 December 2013

from Monday to Saturday  from 9 am to 1 pm (closed on Sundays and holidays)

Extraordinary openings on demand

Ticket for exhibition & musuem € 7.00

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