Museo Marino Marini, Florence

If you have visited the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, you may have encountered this statue L’Angelo della Città (The Angel of the City), a work of Marino Marini. I have heard the rider’s appendage is removable, in case the museum is expecting visitors who might be shocked by this enthusiastic display!

Photo courtesy of Guggenheim Museum

Photo courtesy of Guggenheim Museum

In one of my stumble-upon encounters, I found a whole museum centered on the works of this artist (and other contemporary artists). This is the Marino Marini Museum, located on San Pancrazio Square, Florence.

These venerable lions guard the entrance to the museum.

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There were a few ancient frescoes visible, here and there.

And a dimly lit underground tunnel that takes visitors to another section of the museum.


The morning sun cast interesting shadows onto the walls.


The museum is housed in the San Pancrazio church, which has been deconsecrated, with the exception of the Rucellai Chapel which contains this small funerary sepulchre.



Here are just a few of the works on display.

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But wait! There’s more. When you visit this museum, the ticket will give you free entry to the Marino Marini Museum in Pistoia. How’s that for a bargain? And, don’t you just love the artist’s name?


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43 responses to “Museo Marino Marini, Florence

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  2. Do you know Marino Marini was born in my beloved Pistoia?there is a dedicated museum to him just in the city centre of Pistoia & his wife died few years ago : I used to see her walking in the street of my city with the same elegance as when she was young😍 Next year there will be a great exibition about Marino in Pistoia because my city has been declared the Italy’s capital of culture in 2017 so…..hope to see you here soon!😉👍👏☕️🍸

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  3. Marino Marini would make a great footballer’s name, Yvonne. I love the artwork to a high degree, but you know what else exudes art? Your photography, especially of shadows and corridors. These are details I hope I would have noticed – and am grateful you did.

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  4. What a great name, indeed! And his work is amazing!
    If I live to be 210, I shall NEVER tire of staring at architecture, art, statues, fountains…and NEVER tire of visiting museums and galleries!
    Well, I LOVE the appendage and think it should be kept up! 😉 😛
    Is the horse saying, “I’m ready go get goin’!” or is he trying to get his face as far away from the appendage as possible?!
    Okay, speaking of going…I best go before you put me in The Time Out Corner! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂


  5. Once I got past the center piece of the “excitable boy” sculpture, I noticed that the horse too, is exhibiting a posture that indicates he has smelled something arousing. It’s called a flehmen display. I love the pure joy expressed by this piece. It has an innocence to it in spite of the obvious sexual aspect.

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  6. It’s an interesting looking museum, although some of the corridors make it look more like a dungeon.

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  7. Jane

    We are in Florence now! I was just thinking last night as I was dozing off…that I hadn’t put this on the schedule yet! So here you are this morning reminding me……so funny!

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  8. If I recall my art history, Marini first designed the sculpture with a modest bump in the genital area but it was Peggy Guggenheim herself who requested the penis. It could be screwed on and off whenever certain church personages led groups to the museums. In pre Viagra days, nobody would have been concerned if they were on a long tour and it was still there after four hours…

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  9. But I did go back and have a proper look. Thanks!

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  10. Sometimes I don’t care what the post is or whether it interests me or not it is just good to have a connection with someone who isn’t critical about who you are.

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  11. The rider clearly got over-exited and akimbo a horse as well. Marino Marini is a great sculptor and understood the nature of man and beast. The exultant state of rider clearly shows he was looking forward to meeting up with someone.

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  12. I shall be forever convinced it was you who spoke to Bruce all those years ago ………. priceless!! I have never heard of the gentleman with the fabulous name – I’m afraid my relationship with the modern world of art has become entirely lackadaisical, Must do better!!

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  13. Gotta love a bargain. Two museums for the price of one is great value and this one looks so interesting.

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  14. A great name for an artist! When I was in Venice I asked – in my faultless Italian – a woman for directions to the Guggenheim Museum. She answered in a very broad Australian accent: “You should know better than to ask a blonde in Italy for directions.”

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  15. I love Marino Marini (both sculptures and paintings) and the museum is a wonder!!!

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