07 Luglio 2017 · 4094 Views

The marquis Cosimo Ridolfi

The marquis Cosimo Ridolfi: the man who made the history of agronomy

 
Cosimo Ridolfi (1794-1865) was an agronomist, a philantrophist and a politician. From 1842 to 1865 he was elected President of the Accademia dei Georgofili. The Academy still today promotes the development of agronomy and economy through agricultural innovations. It was founded in 1753 under the grand duchy of Pietro Leopoldo. On the occasion of the Florence National Exposition in 1861, Cosimo proposed a new plough able to turn upside down the earth deeply through the use of stronger blades. In the same year, Italy became a united state so the Exposition was a precious opportunity to show the other countries its commercial and industrial power! In fact the king Vittorio Emanuele II opened the kermesse held in the Stazione Leopolda near Porta a Prato which gathered more than 136.000 visitors!
The marquis Cosimo Ridolfi, who was born and lived in the Palazzo Ridolfi in Via Maggio in Florence, entrusted F. Cecchi and G. Antonelli to manufacture two big metereological instruments, a thermometer and a barometer to be positioned in the
Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza Signoria for a public use. Cosimo was even elected Minister of Education and Senator after the unification of Italy. They functioned until 1930: now the remains of the original marble quadrants are situated between the ground floor and the first floor of the Museum of History and Science in Florence.

 
 

On the left the statue dedicated to Cosimo Ridolfi (XIX century) was sculpted by R. Romanelli and it is situated in Piazza S Spirito.
On the right the Accademia dei Georgofili, situated next to the Uffizi Gallery

 

History


A grass hopper cage.


Michelangelo wanted a prominent frame without a gallery: an essemptial, simple architecture to accentuate the size of the dome!

Leggi ora!

A Mule is celebrated in the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti


The marble decoration is situated on the left part of the courtyard: on the bas-relief we can notice the mule in the foreground; behind the animal a pulley...

Leggi ora!

Galileo Galilei kneels in front of the church


In 1632 the scientist published his "Discorso sui massimi sistemi" and he risked to be burnt at the stake

Leggi ora!

The terrestrial and celestial Gods in Palazzo Vecchio.


The wonderful decorations on the ceilings were commissioned by Cosimo I to Giorgio Vasari

Leggi ora!

Visite guidate

Se non hai visto in diretta il tuo webinar, hai 12 ore di tempo per vederlo. Come?
Un luogo dove tutto è rimasto uguale nel corso dei secoli.
I giganti verdi nella loro saggezza millenaria ci possono raccontare storie lontane e dimenticate.
“Dal Cupolone si vede il Vesuvio” diceva Riccardo Marasco