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Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 15, 2012

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

From the street, the Palazzo Medici Riccardi is an austere stone building. We had never heard of it and would probably never have visited it if it hadn’t been only a few doors from our hotel. The palazzo has magnificent furnishings and courtyards. It was the home of Cosimo de’ Medici, the first Grand Duke of Florence, until he moved to the Palazzo Vecchio to be closer to the seat of power. Built between 1445 and 1460, it was owned by the Medici family

Its most famous room is the Chapel of the Magi, which, ironically, was the only place I couldn’t photograph. So I’ll have to show you a picture from Wikipedia instead:

Magi Chapel

The surprisingly small chapel is decorated with magnificent frescoes by Gozzoli (painted in 1459-1461), which depict prominent Florentines in the procession of the magi. The marble floor has circles and lattice-work in red, green, gold, and white veined stone. On the ground floor there was a computer recreation of the entire mural. You could stand in front of the life-size screen (only one person at a time, unfortunately), point different sections, and zoom in on a section for a close-up and audio commentary (in English and other languages), and scroll to the next screen, by pointing your finger at the screen. I have no idea how it was done but it was really cool. I played with it until my feet got tired from standing in one place for so long. The system is called the PointAt system. You can see it in action on the museum’s Experiments site.

Courtyard of the Columns, built by Michelozzi:

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

The walled garden of the palazzo, designed in the early 20th century and modeled after a 16th century garden:

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Courtyard of the Mules (not sure how it got its name):

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child (c. 1460):

Fra Lippi Madonna

Galleria of the Riccardi:

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

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4 Responses to “Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence”

  1. rifestitch said

    If I was TOTALLY insane, I’d ask Meredith at SQ to chart that fresco you have pictured at the beginning – I’ve seen that before and love the colors in it 🙂 How long were you in Italy? With these detailed posts still coming, it seems you were there for weeks! LOL

    • Avital Pinnick said

      I’m sure Meredith could do an amazing job! But who would want to stitch it?

      We were in Italy for 10 days, total. I know that it seems like weeks because I took SO MANY PHOTOS… I’m almost done! I think maybe I’ve got about 4 postings left, but with all the work on our plumbing and having to replace the monitor this week I haven’t had much energy for photo-processing.

  2. pam said

    I scanned each image – the gardens, paintings, architecture – in awe and wonder and then the image of the table and chairs inviting you to sit and relax with a cup of coffee perhaps… and then the bed…. and one is reminded that people actually lived here – in this way – surrounded every day by all that you have shared here and on all the other posts in this series, and one wonders – did their eyes become blind to it because it became their everyday experience?

    I read in the comments above that you only have about four more posts in store for us. So first let me say again, thank you for all the time and effort and care and enthusiasm you have given over to this project of sharing your experience through your eyes. I would be surprised if any one of us would see as much as you have shared here even if we visited personally.

    And a request – and forgive me if i have missed something – you know how technically challenged I am – but will you consider placing the set of Italy posts in one place where we can link to them from your home page? What you have shared here is of value and should not be lost – buried under a myriad of future posts.

    And again, thank you.

    • Avital Pinnick said

      Hi, Pam, glad you’re enjoying the posts! I was thinking of putting the Italy posts in a single page. Just have to get around to it! I’ll try to create a category “Italy,” which should allow you to get all the Italy posts at once. I need to check out how to do this. Be well!

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