The conference welcome reception
The ICOME 11 welcome reception will be held on Tuesday, February 5, at 18.30 at Caffé del Verone, inside the Museo degli Innocenti, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 13, 50121 Firenze (see the map).
Museo Degli Innocenti
The Museo degli Innocenti is located in the building which was the Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), that is a children's orphanage. The building was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419 and is regarded as a notable example of early Italian Renaissance architecture. The hospital, which features a nine bay loggia facing the Piazza SS. Annunziata, was commissioned and managed by the "Arte della Seta" or Silk Guild of Florence, one of the wealthiest in the city which, like most guilds, took upon itself philanthropic duties.
Children were first abandoned in a basin which was located at the front portico. In 1660 this basin was removed and replaced by a wheel for secret refuge: there was a door with a special rotating horizontal wheel that brought the baby into the building without the parent being seen. This allowed people to leave their babies, anonymously, to be cared for by the orphanage. This system was in operation until the hospital's closure in 1875.
Today the building houses a museum of Renaissance art with works by Luca della Robbia, Sandro Botticelli, Piero di Cosimo and Adoration of the Magi by Domenico Ghirlandaio.