Thursday, June 9, 2011

Medici Tombs, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

Our second day was a long, five-sight day, starting with the Medici Tombs and then the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. The Medici--"Godfathers of the Renaissance" as a TV documentary aptly styled them--ruled Florence and then Tuscany, and more, for 300 years. They were the primary patrons of the arts, and sciences, too, in the Italian Renaissance. Two were popes. Much of what one sees in Florence is either about or funded by the Medicis.
The dome above the tombs; all this is part of
the San Lorenzo church, the Medici family
parish church; we'll see more of it, the church
proper, the cloisters, the great library,
another day

In the tombs below, sculpture by Michaelangelo, whom the
family had raised as one of their own from his early youth

I said in an earlier post I thought most of M's sculpture was
forgettable; this one, I have always thought, is unforgettably
repulsive; Lorenzo the non-Magificent's tomb, with Dawn and

Party room at the Palazzo

Nice ceiling, Luca Giordano's Apothesis of the 2nd Medici

A stray Botticelli Madonna con Bambino,
from a distance, behind glass

And just a detail from the small but overwhelmingly
beautiful chapel, 3 walls of which are Gozzoli's Procession
of the Magi, which, despite the Biblical subject, was
populated with Florentine scenes and personages; this is a
young Lorenzo the Magnificent

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