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Villa Medici preserves an important art collection, which is in part a legacy of the Ferdinando de Medixi collection,  while the other  works have been  collected by the various directors of the FrenchAcademy in Rome since its inception in 1660.

This  collection  of  works of art  was commissioned by the directors or realized by they themselves or the fellows. These works, on display in the villa and its gardens, consist  of precious furnishings, tapestries, objets d’art  and design artifacts, musical instruments, drawings, engravings, sculptures, plus a splendid collection of plasters and paintings of which 460 portraits of fellows realized between 1798 and 1936.

The History of Art department endeavors  to preserve, study, make known and enhance  the heritage of Villa Medici.