Iconographic archive

The iconographic archive constists of a wide collection of historical and recent photographs, prints and drawings, medals.

Plenty of materials are available in digital version: the most of them are freely accessible in internet, some others have internal access only.


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Portraits of physicians and scientists

The library houses a wide collection of portraits of physicians and scientists. The approximately 880 photographic portraits, available in different formats, have been taken by important Italian and foreign studios and date back to the period between 19th and 20th centuries.

Photographs of the 1st National exhibition of the history of science

The Museo Galileo keeps a collection of documents related to the 1st National exhibition of the history of science. In addition, the collection includes photographs taken by the Alinari brothers.

Bazzechi collection

The Bazzechi collection includes about 3,550 photographs (in the form of glass plates, films and prints) taken by the Aretine photographer Ivo Bazzechi between 1955 and 1971. These images document the instrument collections of the former Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (presently Museo Galileo) and the activities of studies and research it supported.

Smaller photographic collections

The historical photographic collections are mostly related to scientific instruments belonging to the collections of the Museo Galileo or kept in other Italian and foreign museums.