Medici-Riccardi Palace - Florence

This palace is undoubtedly Michelozzo di Bartolomeo's most important work. He was the favourite architect of the Medicis. The project executed by Michelozzo around 1445 and ordered by Cosimo il Vecchio was so successful that the building became a model for Renaissance toscan palaces. The imposing four wing edifice with a square court follows medieval palaces' layout while adapting to it the characteristic brightness and order of Italian Renaissance architecture. The windows are perfectly placed with regularity, the storeys are delimited with cornices and the three types of gradual boss are present. Crude at the first floor, the boss is almost smooth at the highest. There are some architectural novelties: the great attic cornice which is inspired directly from Antiquity, the loggia at Via Larga and Via Gorie and the stone bench at the façade base. In the middle of this exquisite cube, you can observe a superb arched cortile held by columns with classical capitals. Originally, there was a sculpture that was maybe a fountain named Judith and Holopherne by Donatello, located today at the Palazzo Vecchio. The Cappella dei Magi, the family's chapel, is one of the most remarkable places in the palace.It contains the magnificient frescos by Benozzo Gozzoli, considered the artist's masterpiece. The wall paintings represent the procession of the Magi accompanied by some of the members of the Medicis family that were integrated in order to highlight its prestige. This hall of a quite small size offers is one of the most outstanding realization of Renaissance art. In 1659, Gabriello Ricardi bought the palace. The edifice was enlarged and the interior was refurbished in accordance with baroque style. The visit offers a great artistic course through its architecture and all the works of art. Temporary exhibitions dedicated to modern art and contemporaneous do also take place.

To see: the façade, the gallery, the cortile, Capella dei Magi, temporary exhibitions; Close to: Duomo, Battistero, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Church of Santa Annunziata.


09h - 19h



Address : 1, Via Cavour Florence Italy

Phone : 39055272760340

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