The Photo Archive of the Florentine Civic Museumsbrings together and conserves the photographic documentation related to the museum and ecclesiastical heritage of the Florence City Council.
Formally set up at the beginning of the twentieth century to document both the works of art and the monumental buildings belonging to the Florence City Council, the photo archive now comprises numerous fonds of phototypes, consisting of negatives on plates and film and positives on paper, transparency or in digital format. The assets of the archive are made up of numerous historic fonds, including the Baccani fond, the Belle Arti fond and the Stefano Bardini fond; also represented are many of the big names of the Italian photographic scene (Alinari, Brogi, Anderson etc), as well as leading local figures (Cipriani, Barsotti, Orsi Battaglini etc).
Since the 1980s photo campaigns have been carried out regularly to augment the archive and document the art works. The photographic fonds are currently being reorganised and catalogued.
Access to the photo archive is normally permitted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15:00 to 17:00 by appointment. Apply to this office by contacting Claudia Bardelloni: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax. 055 262 5984.
Request for photo reproductions
It is possible to obtain reproductions of the photographs from the archive. Requests for reproductions should be made using the appropriate form – which can be downloaded from this site – compiled in full and specifying the reason, which should then be sent to the Servizio Musei Comunali. The competent office will appraise the request and check the availability of the image/s, after which it will send the applicant an estimate of the cost, detailing the methods of payment. Once copy of the receipt of payment is received it will make the photographic material available for collection or delivery as required.
Authorisation for photo shoots
Applications to take photographs of the heritage of the Florentine Civic Museums should be made using the appropriate form – which can be downloaded from this site – compiled in full, and in particular specifying the print run and cover price in the case of a publication. The completed form must be submitted to the Servizio Musei Comunali by hand, or sent by post, fax or e-mail.
The competent office will appraise the request and check the possibility of taking the photos, after which it will send the applicant an estimate of the cost, detailing the methods of payment. Once copy of the receipt of payment is received it will proceed to issue the authorisation.
Authorisation for publication
Publication of the photos of works of art belonging to the Florentine Civic Museums, however they are obtained, must be authorised. The request should be made using the appropriate form – which can be downloaded from this site – compiled in full, and specifying the editorial plan scheduled for the publication. Where the request refers to publications that exceed the exemption parameters, the competent office will send the applicant an estimate of the cost, detailing the methods of payment. Once copy of the receipt of payment is received it will proceed to issue the authorisation.
Payments from Italy should be made to the post office account no. 159509 made out to: “Comune di Firenze – Servizio Tesoreria”, specifying as the reason for payment “Servizio Musei – Fee for …” or by bank credit transfer made out to: "Comune di Firenze" - Banca CR Firenze (bank details: Swift CR FI IT 3F - IBAN IT 94S 06160 02832 000000001C01), again indicating the reason for payment.
Payments from abroad should be made by bank credit transfer to the account in the Banca CR Firenze made out to: “Comune di Firenze - Palazzo Vecchio” (bank details: BIC: C R F I I T 3 F 8 5 9), specifying as the reason for payment “Servizio Musei – Fee for …”.
The competent office will then issue a normal receipted invoice.
Manager of the Photo Archive: Silvia Colucci,
Contact for access to the photo archive and authorisations for photo reproductions:
email@example.com; fax 055 262 5984
Contact for authorisations for video and photo shoots:
Maria Chiara Mallardi,
firstname.lastname@example.org ; Tel. +39 055 2625438 - fax +39 055 2625984