Medici Riccardi Palace
Palace in Florence
The Medici Riccardi Palace is a significant Renaissance building in Florence, commissioned by Cosimo the Elder of the Medici family and designed by architect Michelozzo in the mid-15th century. It stands near the Church of San Lorenzo and features an elegant façade adorned with mullioned windows and topped by a robust cornice.
The courtyard of the palace follows Brunelleschian principles and leads to an Italian-style garden. Construction of the palace was completed in 1460, and it became the residence of Lorenzo the Magnificent and other Medici family members.
Over the years, the palace underwent modifications, including the addition of two “kneeling” windows designed by Michelangelo in 1517. After Cosimo de’ Medici moved to the Palazzo Vecchio in 1540 as the Grand Duke, the palace was inhabited by minor members of the family until 1659 when it was sold to the Riccardi Marquises.
The Riccardi Marquises made considerable changes and expansions to the building, including the addition of a large hall that was frescoed by Luca Giordano, representing an important example of the Baroque period in Florence. Foggini, an architect, built the new entrance stairway during this period.
Inside the palace, visitors can explore a museum that houses the Chapel of the Magi, frescoed by Benozzo Gozzoli in 1459. The frescoes in the chapel depict the procession of the Magi, with recognizable figures from the period, including members of the Medici family. The frescoes allude to the parade that occurred in Florence in 1439 for the Council.
The Medici Riccardi Palace remains a testament to the Renaissance architecture and art patronage of the Medici family, offering visitors a glimpse into the rich history and artistic heritage of Florence.
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