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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 [...]

3 07, 2017

Gian Gastone de’ Medici: The Last Grand Duke

2017-07-03T17:13:30+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|

Gian Gastone de' Medici by Carlo Berti by Marisa Garreffa Gian Gastone was the last Medici ruler of Tuscany, the seventh and final Grand Duke. The youngest of three children, he was overshadowed by his siblings until the death of his brother, when he was pushed in line to rule, a position that [...]

26 06, 2017

Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici: The Last of the Medici

2017-06-27T15:31:45+00:00 June 26th, 2017|

"Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici" by Antonio Franchi 1690-1691, Palazzo Pitti                             Anna Maria Luisa (or Ludovica) was the last living descendant of the Medici governing line, and the powerhouse woman whose Family Pact ensured that the Medici family legacy [...]

21 06, 2017

Who Owns The Arts Launches for 2017: between past and present

2017-06-26T14:53:33+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Anna Maria Luisa and Gian Gastone de' Medici with Blub's artworks - Photo credits © Luca Morgantini It’s always a little night magic when the cloister is filled with guests, mingling in the garden for a summer’s evening of art and theater. Last week’s launch celebrated five contemporary artists adding their creations to [...]

5 06, 2017

Amerigo Vespucci: a natural born Florentine explorer

2017-05-27T17:20:40+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

So what is the deal with Amerigo Vespucci! The continent of America was named after the Florentine, though people get a little confused as to why. Christopher Columbus had already been there, they say, so why name it after this obscure Italian guy? Early years Let’s go back to the beginning. Vespucci was born in [...]