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Palazzo Vecchio -

Location and History

Palazzo della Signoria, or Palazzo Vecchio, as it appears today, is the result of at least three successive building stages between the 13th-16th centuries: built at the turn between the 13th and 14th centuries as the seat of the Priors, the oldest part of Palazzo Vecchio was originally designed by Arnolfo di Cambio (1245-1302). The later additions of the 15th and above all of the 16th centuries changed the scale of the rear part of the palace, without however modifying the massive appearance of the huge blocks, projecting gallery and asymmetrical tower.
Although the palace today contains the offices of the City Council, much of it can still be visited.


The most important rooms of the palace are illustrated in sequence. The first entrance courtyard with white and gilded stucco work, redecorated with frescoes in the 16th century, owes its elegant structure to the second half of the 15th century. The courtyard opens on to the ancient Armoury now frequently used by the Town Council to organise exhibitions.
On the first floor we find the grandiose Hall of the Five Hundred, a work by Cronaca (1495), which was used for the assemblies of the General Council of the People, after the State reforms brought about by Girolamo Savonarola. The walls of the hall, originally decorated by Michelangelo and Leonardo, owe their present-day monumental appearance to Vasari and his pupils and date back to the second half of the 16th century.
In contrast with the grandness of this hall, but equally sumptuous is the little Study of Francesco I and the four monumental appartments: the Quarters of the Elements, the Quarters of Eleonora of Toledo, the Residence of the Priors and the Quarters of Leo X, where the reception rooms of the mayor and the council that governs the city are situated today.

Agnolo di Cosimo
Giorgio Vasari
Marco Marchetti
Giovanni Battista Naldini
Jan Van der Straet
Andrea Verrocchio
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Cristoforo Gherardi
Francesco De Rossi
Alonso Berruguete (Pittore) con il dipinto "Madonna con Bambino e san Giovannino" databile nel periodo 1515 - 1517.
Benedetto da Maiano (Scultore) con la statua "San Giovanni Battista" databile nel periodo 1470 - 1480.
Bernardo Cavallino (Pittore) con il dipinto "Santa Cecilia incoronata da un angelo" del 1645.
Donato Di Niccolò dei Bardi said Donatello (Scultore) con la statua "Giuditta e Oloferne" databile nel periodo 1456 - 1460.
Giovanni di Marco said Giovanni dal Ponte (Pittore) con l' affresco "Annunciazione" databile nel periodo 1400 - 1437.
Giovanni Toscani (Pittore) con il dipinto "Madonna con Bambino" databile nel periodo 1422 - 1423.
Jacopo Carrucci said Pontormo (Pittore) con i dipinti "Storie del carro della Moneta" databili nel periodo 1514 - 1520 raffiguanti "Putti che giocano" , "Danza di putti", "Visitazione", "Battesimo di Cristo", "San Zanobi", "San Giovanni Battista", "San Giovanni Evangelista","San Matteo Evangelista".
Pacino di Buonaguida said Bonaguida (Pittore) con il dipinto "Madonna con Bambino" databile nel periodo 1300 - 1330.
Pietro Lorenzetti (Pittore) con lo scomparto di polittico "Madonna con Bambino" databile nel periodo 1330 - 1348.
Rost Jan (Arazziere) con gli arazzi "Flora" e "Allegoria del Tempo che vendica l'Innocenza" databili nel periodo 1545 - 1546.
Ventura di Moro (Pittore) con l' affresco "Madonna con Bambino" databile nel periodo 1420 - 1460.

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