Frederick Stibbert

Frederick Stibbert I am an self-taught artist and avid collector active during the 19th and being of the 20th centuries. The Stibbert family came from Norfolk, United Kingdom.
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Thomas Stibbert, my father, came to Italy after having fought against Napoleon in Spain. He went to Rome and later to Florence where he met Giulia Cafaggi (who he married in Malta). They had three children, the elder being me, Frederick, born in 1838. The Anglo-Italian origin influenced greatly the growth and the culture of my young self. I was sent to Harrow-on-the-hill for my education but I did not accept the hard rules imposed by the school, and later to Cambridge. I was very attached to my family house in Montughi, Florence, bought by my mother when my father died. In 1859, I became of age and started to administer my great inherited wealth from my house in Montughi. I was very good at taking advantage of the many changes caused by the birth of the Italian State. In 1866, I took part in the war for Italian Indipendence and was awarded a silver medal for my valour during the battle of the Trentino. All my life I travelled to the principal capitals of Europe making contacts with the most important antique dealers of my time. For about fifty years I worked hard at my dream of transforming my house in Montughi in an historical museum. In my will, I left the museum to the Municipality. After my death in 1906 the museum was opened to the public (1909).

A random fact for your day:During my time, I had one of the most prestigious horse stables in the city.Nowadays, the sta...
23/03/2019

A random fact for your day:

During my time, I had one of the most prestigious horse stables in the city.

Nowadays, the stables have been turned into an extra storage facility for the museum to use for my collection.

When studying at Cambridge University, I refused a regular education and only ever took classes on subjects that interes...
23/03/2019

When studying at Cambridge University, I refused a regular education and only ever took classes on subjects that interested me, including those on fine arts. I never did earn a diploma, but furthered my passions in art, objects, and history!

Here is a photo of me at Cambridge with some of my classmates.

I was also an artist during my lifetime, with a passion for painting landscapes, still-life, and portraits.  I may not h...
18/03/2019

I was also an artist during my lifetime, with a passion for painting landscapes, still-life, and portraits. I may not have been a world renowned artist, but my works are still very beautiful!

Be sure to come check them out during the new exhibition!

The MA students are hard at work, deconstructing the old displays and returning objects to their rightful locations.  Th...
15/03/2019

The MA students are hard at work, deconstructing the old displays and returning objects to their rightful locations. They are now busying themselves with creating the new showcases for the upcoming exhibition in April!

I cannot wait to see what they come up with!!

Here are some drawings and sketches I made of the women I courted throughout my life.  As most of you may know, I never ...
12/03/2019

Here are some drawings and sketches I made of the women I courted throughout my life. As most of you may know, I never married or had any children, therefore, I put all my time and money into my museum/collection which became my legacy.

06/03/2019
Museo Stibbert

Hey Everyone!! Come check out Museo Stibbert this Friday on March 8th. To celebrate International Women's Day, the museum offers a guided visit at a reduced ticket price (€ 6) to tell the life of the women involved in my (Stibbert's) life!

Reservations can be made by contacting this number: 055.475520

8 Marzo
Per festeggiare le donne il Museo Stibbert offre una visita guidata al prezzo del biglietto ridotto (€ 6) per raccontare la vita delle donne di casa Stibbert!

Prenotazioni 055.475520

In 1908, the layout of my museum had been radically and progressively altered, completely going against the design and i...
05/03/2019

In 1908, the layout of my museum had been radically and progressively altered, completely going against the design and intended harmony I had created. Fortunately today, the Stibbert Museum has returned to my vision and represents my collection in the upmost way possible!

As you may know, I have a great love for period costumes and I enjoy recreating them within paintings and photographs!
01/03/2019

As you may know, I have a great love for period costumes and I enjoy recreating them within paintings and photographs!

During the beginning of my collecting, my primary interest was in armory. I collected different forms of armor from arou...
27/02/2019

During the beginning of my collecting, my primary interest was in armory. I collected different forms of armor from around the world and after extensive research on their history, I redesigned and decorated the rooms within in the museum to reflect the pieces' proper heritage.

Here are some photos from my ever popular collection: Japanese Armor

My ultimate goal for my collection was to create something educational for all of the people, young and old. I created t...
26/02/2019

My ultimate goal for my collection was to create something educational for all of the people, young and old. I created this museum with the desire to promote the fascinating history of costume.

The restorers are hard at work here at the museum!  We have to make sure that the artworks are cleaned and ready for the...
24/02/2019

The restorers are hard at work here at the museum! We have to make sure that the artworks are cleaned and ready for the exhibition coming in April!

It is truly amazing the details artisans are able to incorporate into their works!  They are able to execute such excell...
24/02/2019

It is truly amazing the details artisans are able to incorporate into their works! They are able to execute such excellence with many different types of medium and you never know what unique features you might find!

Not to brag or nothing, but my museum is quite the experience 😊  So don't forget to like and follow them on their social...
21/02/2019

Not to brag or nothing, but my museum is quite the experience 😊 So don't forget to like and follow them on their social medias!!

Woman from Ciociaria, 1878 - Nino CostaThis piece gained entry into my collection in quite a fascinating way, especially...
21/02/2019

Woman from Ciociaria, 1878 - Nino Costa

This piece gained entry into my collection in quite a fascinating way, especially since it's not one of my typical pieces to collect. While attending a charity auction, I participated by buying a single ticket and won this beautiful painting as the prize! Nino Costa was a very well known artist of my time and I would have never had attained a painting of this caliber if not for this auction.

Want exclusive entry to exhibition openings? Become a 'Friend of Stibbert' museum member and you will get special invita...
19/02/2019

Want exclusive entry to exhibition openings? Become a 'Friend of Stibbert' museum member and you will get special invitations to the wonderful exhibitions the museum has to offer throughout the year!

Welcome all to my page!! I, Frederick Stibbert, will share with you the history of my life, the creation of my museum, t...
19/02/2019

Welcome all to my page!!
I, Frederick Stibbert, will share with you the history of my life, the creation of my museum, tidbits about pieces within my collection, and what is currently happening within the museum.

Questions are more than welcome and don't forget to like, follow, and share if you enjoy!

After my death on April 10,1906, I willed my collection to the Municipality of Italy under the conditions that my house,...
17/02/2019

After my death on April 10,1906, I willed my collection to the Municipality of Italy under the conditions that my house, villa Montughi, be turned into a museum open to the public and that the original location always be respected.

Thanks to the continued dedication of the staff members at Museo Stibbert, my collection continues to live on and can be enjoyed by all!

Featured: Portrait of Frederick Stibbert (1865 ca) - by Benedetto Servolini

Here are just a few images of the inside of my beautiful home and museum. I decorated each room so that they would enhan...
17/02/2019

Here are just a few images of the inside of my beautiful home and museum. I decorated each room so that they would enhance the objects held within. Eventually there was no separation between my house and my museum; the dwelling and the exhibition spaces were one and the same.

The staff are hard at work preparing for the exhibition.  Enjoy some pictures from our photography shoot day!!
14/02/2019

The staff are hard at work preparing for the exhibition. Enjoy some pictures from our photography shoot day!!

It is a very exciting time at my museum right now! Museo Stibbert and the LDM Museum Studies MA candidates are creating ...
14/02/2019

It is a very exciting time at my museum right now! Museo Stibbert and the LDM Museum Studies MA candidates are creating an exhibition specifically dedicated to me titled - Frederick Stibbert: Artista e Collezionista (Frederick Stibbert: Artist and Collector). This exhibition will showcase examples of my artwork as well as pieces which I collected throughout my years.

Featured painting: Knight in XV century costume (1870s)

I come from a family that was heavily involved in the military. I was even a former solider for the Italian Military dur...
13/02/2019

I come from a family that was heavily involved in the military. I was even a former solider for the Italian Military during the war for Italian Independence in 1866 and won a Silver Medal for my valor at the battle of Trentino. This might explain why I have quite an affinity for arms and armors.
Come see these beautiful pieces for yourself!

Here are some lovely pictures of my home, Villa Montughi, situated in Florence, Italy.  My mother bought this house afte...
13/02/2019

Here are some lovely pictures of my home, Villa Montughi, situated in Florence, Italy. My mother bought this house after the death of my father in 1949 and this is where I began to store and amass my wonderful collection! Eventually, my collection grew so large that I had to acquire more space and built additional attachments onto the house. My home is now known at the Stibbert Museum or Museo Stibbert.

Frederick Stibbert's cover photo
11/02/2019

Frederick Stibbert's cover photo

Frederick Stibbert
11/02/2019

Frederick Stibbert

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Via Federigo Stibbert, 26
Florence
50134

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Frederick Stibbert: Artist and Collector

The Stibbert family came from Norfolk, United Kingdom. Thomas Stibbert came to Italy after having fought against Napoleon in Spain. He went to Rome and later to Florence where he met Giulia Cafaggi (who he married in Malta). They had three children, me being the eldest, born in 1838.

The Anglo-Italian origin greatly influenced the growth and the culture of the my younger self. I was sent to Harrow-on-the-hill for my education, but did not accept the hard rules imposed by the school, later attending Cambridge. I was very attached to my family house in Montughi, Florence, bought by my mother when my father died in 1849.

All my life I traveled to the principal capitals of Europe making contacts with the most important antique dealers of my time. For about fifty years I worked hard at my dream of transforming my house in Montughi into a historical museum. After my death in 1906 the museum was opened to the public (1909).