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15 11, 2017

The Cinquecento Art Exhibition: a journey between subtlety and sensuality

2017-11-15T16:47:45+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

Displaying the Dynasty: Behind the Scenes of the “Cinquecento” with The Medici "Venus and Cupid" by Alessandro Allori, 1570 - Musée Fabre, Montpellier   Written by Jonatan Turpin Renaissance Florence is unrivalled for the lifelike interplay between subtlety and sensuality in its paintings and sculptures. Walking through the “Cinquecento” exhibition currently open at [...]

2 11, 2017

Discover Florence’s legendary street-food: “Il Lampredotto”

2017-11-02T16:51:28+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

Written by Jonathan Turpin Photo courtesy © dissapore.it Wandering half-lost through picturesque cobbled streets, the smells as well as the sights of traditional Florence take the breath away. Just as in medieval times the imposing and narrow architecture of the city leads to intense aromas of marketplaces and cooking. The celebrated result of [...]

26 10, 2017

A new golden age for Florence thanks to Cosimo I

2017-10-26T16:37:47+00:00 October 26th, 2017|

Written by Marisa Garreffa This was the ambitious goal of Cosimo I, who became leader of Florence in 1537. He didn’t know it yet, but his rule would mark the beginning of two hundred years of powerful Medici rule (ending in 1737). This sprawling dynasty wasn’t created single handedly. In 1539, Cosimo married Eleonora di [...]

18 10, 2017

Politics, persuasion and power: meet Cosimo I de’ Medici

2017-10-18T16:47:51+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Written by Marisa Garreffa Cosimo I de’ Medici 1519 - 1574 His father ordered him thrown out of a window as a baby to see if he was brave. It was the first of many tests that Cosimo I would pass with flying colours. Cosimo I de’ Medici was born in Palazzo Salviati on June [...]

17 09, 2017

The Medici Matronage in a lecture at The British Institute of Florence 

2017-09-23T19:28:47+00:00 September 17th, 2017|

"Natività della Vergine Maria" by Domenico Ghirlandaio. By Marisa Garreffa Lisa Kaborycha speeds us through the legacy of the Medici women at The British Institute of Florence  We thought no one could cram more history into a single hour than The Medici Dynasty Show, but art historian Lisa Kaborycha has officially outdone us, and [...]

7 09, 2017

Magic lanterns in Florence tonight with “Festa della Rificolona”

2017-09-07T11:05:45+00:00 September 7th, 2017|

Written by Marisa Garreffa Some call it the best party in town. A nostalgic children’s holiday that has been revived and is most well known for the parade of lanterns through the streets. In my first year living in Florence, my housemate delivered me a lantern on the morning of the festival, to introduce me [...]

25 07, 2017

Eleonora di Toledo and her influence on Florence

2017-07-25T15:39:30+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

by Marisa Garreffa Last week we met Eleonora di Toledo, Spanish royalty and the young woman who caught the eye of Cosimo I, becoming Duchess of Florence through their marriage. Now we continue our exploration of this little-studied woman from history, discovering her influence on Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo Pitti, and the grand Boboli Gardens. [...]

17 07, 2017

Eleonora di Toledo: The Duchess who came from Royalty

2017-07-17T17:38:39+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo and her son Giovanni, by Bronzino, 1544 By Marisa Garreffa She created the Boboli Gardens, and yet has received so little scholarly attention! Peccato! Who was this Spanish princess, Eleonora di Toledo? She was born in Spain, and came to Naples with her mother in 1534 to join [...]

10 07, 2017

Lorenzo: The Medici who was Magnificent

2017-07-12T16:41:32+00:00 July 10th, 2017|

Luigi Fiammingo. Ritratto di Lorenzo il Magnifico. 1550 ca. Firenze, Museo degli Argenti. Written by Marisa Garreffa Lorenzo the Magnificent: the official title given to Lorenzo de’ Medici that became an accurate description for his character and the esteem in which he was held. In fact, he was one of those brilliant (and [...]