31 Maggio 2017 · 4317 Views

What is a grotesque decoration

What is a grotesque decoration
 

The courtyard Michelozzo projected in 1453 was upset in 1565, one century later, when Francesco I married Giovanni d'Austria. It was embellished with fifteen landscapes decorations of the Austrian Empire to honour Giovanna, Massimiliano's brother the Austrian Emperor.

The vaults of the cpurtyard were decorated with grotesques, following the old Roman style. This particular and strange representations made of monsters, vegetal and floral motifs, hybrid creatures was discovered for the first time in Rome at the end of the XV century: a man fell accidentally in a grotto completely decorated in a similar way. Anybody knew it was Nerone's house! Immediately Filippino Lippi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Raffaello studied and reproduced a similar decoration for their works of art and soon it became the typical Renaissance representation.
This is the reason why you find grotesques in
Florentine museums: in the Uffizi gallery, in Boboli garden, in Palazzo Vecchio and so on.
On the left the courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio: you can visit it with us!! On the 1st of July a guided tour inside Palazzo Vecchio! We will visit together even the tower built by Arnolfo di Cambio...Don't miss it!!


 
Courtyard of Michelozzo


Grotesque decoration

History


What is done is done


This killing was the beginning of the civil florentine war between the aristocratic families factions of the city: Guelphs against ghibellines.

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Did Florence receive a gift from Pisa


As the saying goes: " Florence is blind and Pisa is a traitor"

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Vincenzo Viviani dedicates a palace to his Master Galileo Galilei


On the facade of a florentine palace called "Palazzo dei Cartelloni" ("cartellone" in Italian means "poster") situated near the central station, Viviani...

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Unusual statues decorate Boboli Garden


Statues with the symbols of the Medici are everywhere

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Visite guidate

Passeggiando per il centro di Firenze potremmo passare vicino a Casa Vasari e non rendercene conto.
I giganti verdi nella loro saggezza millenaria ci possono raccontare storie lontane e dimenticate.
Visita alla Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, una delle Chiese più antiche della città con storie...
Intrighi, delitti e morte, le tappe della terribile giornata, di quella che è passata alla storia...