Palazzo Pitti is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Florence as the former capital of Italy with an exhibition named Firenze Capitale 1865-2015, The Gifts and Collections of the King.
This exhibit displays collections of Vittorio Emanule II, who became the ruler of Florence in 1849 after his annexation of Tuscan to Piedmont. Vittorio Emanuele II lived in Florentine palaces including Palazzo Pitti. When he eventually unified most of Italy in 1861, his family – the Savoy family – became the ruling house of Italy. Florence, where the Savoy family resided, became the capital of Italy from 1865 to 1870.
The star of this exhibition is grand paintings Vittorio Emanuele II commissioned to young artists of Accademia di Firenze to his rooms in Palazzo Pitti.
Firenze Capitale 1865-2015 takes place from November 19, 2015 to April 3, 2016.