Francesco Bigazzi Icons Collection
The Bigazzi Collection is characterized by the presence of predominantly Russian icons dating back to the 17th century. XVIII-early XX, typical of a domestic veneration and painted both in tempera, according to the traditional technique, and in oil, according to an “academic” methodology. These are icons mostly typical of popular devotion, which were handed down from generation to generation.
The Bigazzi Collection constituted the first nucleus of works of the F. Bigazzi Museum of Russian Icons which was born in 2000 following the meeting between the Municipality of Peccioli and Francesco Bigazzi, collector, for many years a journalist and correspondent from Moscow, then in charge of Culture and Press at the Consulate General of Italy in St. Petersburg and currently President of the Friends of the Hermitage Museum Association – Italy.