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Palazzo Vecchio The First Floor

A magnificent and colossal stairway designed by Giorgio Vasari which started between the second and the third courtyards leads to:


-  The “Salone dei Cinquecento” projected by Simone del Pollaioulo and enlarged by Giorgio Vasari, who also decorated its indoors and the amazing frescoed ceiling describing some episodes from the life of Cosimo I de Medici.  It hosts the marvellous marble sculptured group “Il Genio della Vittoria “by Michelangelo; six marble sculptures describing “I Lavori di Ercole” by Vincenzo Rossi (16th century) and other two sculptures, again by V. Rossi, one of them dedicated to Pope Leone X and the other one representing “L’Incoronazione di Carlo V dal Papa Clemente VII”, as well as several big frescoes representing epic scenes. Formerly this Hall hosted too“La Battaglia di Cascina“ by Michelangelo and “La Battaglia di Anghiari” by Leonardo da Vinci , which unfortunately were lost.


- The “Quartiere di Leone X” were the private lodgings of Pope Leone X. They were designed and decorated by Giorgio Vasari.


- The “Studiolo”, designed and decorated by Giorgio Vasari and by advanced pupils from his School, was the study room of Francesco I de Medici. It hosts: the portrait of “Cosimo I de Medici and Eleonora di Toledo” by Bronzino (byname of Agnolo Bronzino, 16th century) and some refined bronze sculptures by Bartolomeo Ammanati (16th century).

 

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