Also called the Loggia della Signoria, the Loggia was named the Loggia dei Lanzi when the Duke Alessandro de' Medici made it ... More
Loggia dei Lanzi
Also called the Loggia della Signoria, the Loggia was named the Loggia dei Lanzi when the Duke Alessandro de' Medici made it the camp of the Lanzichenecchi after the fall of the Florentine Republic. It was the Signoria which commissioned a great Loggia for public use in 1350. The job was started by Orcagna, but continued and finished by Benci di Cione and Francesco Talenti only in 1382. Made in Serena stone with acute pointed arches and bricks decorated by sculptures designed by Agnolo Gaddi, this taste for a classical style is what characterises Florentine art of the time. Benvenuto Cellini's famous Perseus was installed under the Loggia, and in the central arch Giambologna's marble Rape of the Sabine Women, which can be found next to Hercules with Nessus also in marble. The other statues at the back near to the walls came from the Medici villa in Rome.
The creation of the Giardino dei Semplici or Botanical Gardens (Orto Botanico), was ordered by Cosimo I de'Medici in the
mid 16th century and planned by Niccolo Tribolo. It was one of the first of its kind in the ...
Underneath the Loggia del Porcellino, the marble wheel can be found which commemorates the place where the carroccio was left,
an emblem of the Florentine Republic. In medieval times it was used as a pillory for those who dared ...
Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre
eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be ...
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