31 Maggio 2017 · 3605 Views

What is a grotesque decoration

What is a grotesque decoration
PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS IN FLORENCE

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


Michelangelo and portrait on the facade of Palazzo Vecchio


What do you think? Do you believe Michelangelo have ever spent his time in a similar way? We don't know but....have a look at the facade of the palace when...

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The terrestrial and celestial Gods in Palazzo Vecchio.


The wonderful decorations on the ceilings were commissioned by Cosimo I to Giorgio Vasari and his equipe in 1550s when the duke imposed his government...

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Girolamo Savonarola was burnt at the stake


The famous painter Sandro Botticelli destroyed some of his works representing nudes. Savonarola condemned the excess and he preached against luxury and...

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"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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Visite guidate

al Palazzo del Bargello, magnifico edificio medioevale costruito a partire dal 1255.
Il percorso che faremo ci porterà all'interno dell'animo umano. Ingresso gratuito per i residenti...
alla Chiesa nota come "Tempio delle Itale glorie", definizione data da Ugo Foscolo nella sua opera...
Parleremo di spazi solitamente chiusi al grande pubblico, insomma "Spazi Segreti e antichi legni".