This is not your run-of-the-aristocratic-mill cupboard. J. Paul Getty, who had a passion for French decorative arts, listed this cabinet—our current Masterpiece of the Week—among his eight favorite pieces of furniture in the world. This sumptuous cabinet epitomizes that great… More»
Ferocious drug jar from Santa Maria Nuova, the first hospital in Florence dedicated to focusing on patient care.
You may be wondering, what kind of hospital doesn’t focus on caring for the sick? Well, Middle Ages Florence fell into the trend of having simple city-limits hospices that acted as a kind of B&B service to weary travelers, instead of full hospitals for the sick.
You go Santa Maria Nuova!
Two-Handled “Oak Leaf” Drug Jar, about 1431, Unknown. Tin-glazed earthenware. J. Paul Getty Museum.