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Museo di Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Palazzo Medici-Riccardi was built by Michelozzo for Cosimo the Elder. It contains imporant works such as Donatello’s Giuditta. Cosimo praised this building saying that it was a too big house for such a small family. Then its property moved to Riccardi family: they built more windows and main door. There are many differencies between the old and the new part; Riccardi added their symbol a key.

You enter the first courtyard surrounded by a portico but its decoration are no more so muhe visible. The first stairway on the right leads to the dei Magi Chapel built by Michelozzo that contains carved and inlaid wooden stalls along the walls.

Returning to the courtyard, the second flight of stairs on the right leads to the gallery on the first floor an impressive example of Florentine baroque. Here housed the family’s collection of gems, medals and bronzes. In the second courtyard Michelozzo created a Italianate garden, very famous for party.

Category: Florence museums

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