Loggia Dei Lanzi, Florence

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    Loggia dei Lanzi

    by Twan Written Jun 18, 2015

    The Loggia dei Lanzi is a picture gallery on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. The gallery was built between 1376 and 1382 by Benci di Cione and Simone Talenti and includes a number of famous sculptures, including:
    * The Sabines (Giambologna, 1583)
    * Hercules and the Centaur (Giambologna, 1599)
    * Perseus and Medusa (Benvenuto Cellini, 1554)

    Built at a time when the Gothic pointed arches were still in vogue, is the Loggia with its rounded arches back at the classics and a preview of what the Renaissance will offer. She is a precursor of Brunelleschi's revolutionary architecture.

    Loggia dei Lanzi Hercules and the Centaur (Giambologna, 1599) Perseus and Medusa (Benvenuto Cellini, 1554) Loggia dei Lanzi Polyxena looting (Pio Fedi)
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    Loggia dei Lanzi – open air museum

    by brendareed Written Jun 15, 2014

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    Free art show – always open! What could be better?!? The Loggia dei Lanzi (also called Loggia della Signoria) is next to the Uffizi Gallery in the corner of the Piazza della Signoria by the Palazzo Vecchio. This arched outdoor terrace is full of statues and is free to walk up and around at all hours of the day. The loggia was built in the 1300s by Benci di Cione and was designed to hold public ceremonies. Today it holds lots of tourists and makes a good meeting place for friends.

    Once you climb up the stairs into the loggia, you will find plaques that tell you what the various art works are. The statues that are on display include:

    Perseus by Benevenuto Cellini (you’ll recognize this one as the guy holding Medusa’s decapitated head in the air).

    Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna (interesting piece that needs to be seen from all angles) – This sculpture has been in the Loggia since 1583!

    Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus also by Giambologna.

    Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus, an ancient Roman statue from the mid 1200s BC and used to be at the end of the Ponte Vecchio.

    The Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi in the late 1800s.

    And don't forget nearby in front of the Palazzo Vecchio is the copy of Michaelangelo's David (the original is now in the Accademia).

    There also are five marble statues of females on the back wall of the Loggia that were discovered in Rome in 1541; these used to be at the Medici’s villa in Rome.

    The Loggia is a good place to spend some free time and enjoy some art - maybe while waiting on friends, getting out of the rain, or just simply because you want to see the sculptures.

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    Tour de Force

    by goodfish Updated Oct 14, 2012

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    I was amused at the mob excitedly snapping away at Palazzo Vecchio’s 100 year-old copy of ‘David’ perched just 30 feet away from some bonafide hunks of stone and bronze a great deal older. Loggia dei Lanzi is a 14th-century covered porch that adjoins one end of the Uffizi and was once used for assemblies both governmental and civic. In the 1500’s, Cosimo de' Medici I - whose appointment as Grand Duke of Florence re-established the family’s previous rule of the city - made a point of his authority by settling himself into Palazzo Vecchio and commissioning/purchasing some art intended to remind the folks just who was in charge.

    Cellini’s Medusa-slaying ‘Perseus’ was created specifically for the loggia as a political symbol of dynastic power, and its proximity to (the original) ‘David’ was probably intentional. In the years following the family’s ouster, Michelangelo’s biblical hero had become an icon of Republican pride; glowering in the direction of Rome as a challenge to papal or Medici interference.

    Giambologna’s ‘Rape of the Sabine Women’ was installed 30 years later (1583) and other works added over successive centuries including a collection of ancient Roman ‘Sabines’ moved in 1787 from Villa Medici in Rome, and another Giambologna, ‘Hercules Fighting the Centaur Nessus’, in 1841. Viewed from the piazza, the most prominently displayed pieces of the collection create a tableau of conquest and dominance.

    The loggia is free to visit and there are some benches for resting your toes but no eating, drinking, smoking or handling of the artwork is allowed: the guards can be cranky 'bout that.

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    Loggia dei Lanzi

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 17, 2012

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    The Loggia dei Lanzi, also called the Loggia della Signoria, is a building on a corner of the Piazza della Signoria, adjoining the Uffizi Gallery.
    It consists of wide arches open to the street, three bays wide and one bay deep. The arches rest on clustered pilasters with Corinthian capitals. The wide arches appealed so much to the Florentines, that Michelangelo even proposed that they should be continued all around the Piazza della Signoria.

    You can watch my 2 min 42 sec Video Florence part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    The Loggia dei Lanzi on the Piazza della Signoria

    by JoostvandenVondel Written Aug 1, 2009

    This open-air structure adjoining the Uffizi Gallery and opening onto the Piazza della Signoria was built between 1376 and 1382 by Benci di Cione and Simone di Francesco Talenti. The Loggia dei Lanzi or also referred to as the Loggia della Signoria, offers a delicate medieval flavour to the Piazza so dominated by heavy Renaissance structures and acts as an open-air sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance statuary.

    The visitor is especially attracted by two works. On the far left stands the bronze statue of Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini (1545-54). It portrays the mythological king of Mycenea holding the slain head of the monstrous Medusa. It could be easily mistaken as David holding the head of Goliath, however Perseus stands 18 ft tall and he holds the head of his victim high for all to see. His youthful exhuberance may also recall to the onlooker the biblical hero, but perhaps it was Cellini's penchant for the youthful masculine form which inspire his portrayal of the powerful Mycenean king.

    On the far right is another remarkable statue, The Rape of the Sabine Women (1581-83) by the Flemish artist Jean de Boulogne or also known as Giambologna. Made from a single block of white marble, Giambologna created a figura serpentina, or an upward snakelike spiral movement of figures to be examined from all sides. Indeed, each side allows the viewer a different perspective, from the twisted body of the older male figure at the bottom, the muscular intensity of the central Roman captor, to the desperate resistance of the Sabine woman.

    In my opinion the Loggia is a wonderful invitation to the Uffizi as it entices visitors curious to discover which treasures are housed in its galleries after delighting in the superb works displayed in their exterior surroundings.

    Cellini's Perseus in the Loggia dei Lanzi Cellini's Perseus, Detail Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women, Detail Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women, Shadow
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    Loggia Dei Lanzi

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    Near the Plazzo Vecchio is the Loggia Dei Lanzi, a structure of 3 large round arches on pillars. It was originally constructed in 1382 to shelter dignitaries from weather during public ceremonies.

    It houses several sculptures including the Rape of the Sabine Women and Perseus. Many of the sculptures and paintings we saw in Italy were a little violent. These sculptures certainly fit that description. Nonetheless, they were really very interesting. The Loggia Dei Lanzi is a nice place to take a break from sightseeing and enjoy people-watching.

    Sculpture at Loggia Dei Lanzi
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    Loggia della Signoria

    by Tijavi Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    This shaded platform built in the 14th century was originally for public ceremonies, but today protects some magnificent sculptures from the elements. This is where tourists congregate to admire works by Cellini (Perseus) and Giambologna (Rape of Sabine Women), among others.

    While Cellini's bronzework Perseus exudes a profound sense of confidence and victory, I was bowled over by Giambologna's marble sculpture Rape of Sabine Women, for its artistry and powerful emotion conveyed by the characters. It is also quite unbelievable that the sculpture of three distinct characters was made from a single slab of marble. I was so madly in love with this sculpture that I came back one evening, when most tourists have left, to take pictures of the sculpture from different angles (the best way to admire serpentine style of the statue), which was quite impossible to do when the place is filled with tourists. More of the pictures I took in this travelogue.

    TRIVIA: The artist Giambologna is actually the Italian name of the Flemish sculptor Jean de Boulogne.

    In addition to these two masterpieces, there are also other works to feast your eyes on and stretch your artistic bend a bit. These include Pio Fedi's The Rape of Polyxena and the Roman statue of Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus.

    Loggia della Signoria Three statues in line Rape of Sabine Women Cellini's Perseus
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    Loggia della Signoria

    by mikey_e Updated Mar 25, 2008

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    The Loggia della Signoria was originally built as a platform for public ceremonies in the 14th century, but it came to be used a showcase for sculpture. It is also sometimes referred to as the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Lanzi being Cosimo I's Swiss guards. He used to post these armed guards here as a reminder of his authority to the people of Florence. Today you can freely roam between the large sculptures of primarily Classical inspiration. One of the more famous statues is Giambologna's representation of Hercules with the minotaur's head, while outside you can find his Ratto delle Sabine (Rape of the Sabine Women) and Cellini's statue of Perseus with the head of Medusa.

    Loggia della Signoria Ratto delle Sabine Roman statue Ratto delle Sabine Perseus with Medusa's Head
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    Loggia dei Lanzi

    by viddra Written May 21, 2007

    Famous Loggia dei Lanzi (the veranda of Lances = Cosimo I's Swiss mercenaries once stationed here) is also situated here.

    It houses the works of art, such as Cellini's magnificent bronze Perseus (1554) or Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines (1579-83).

    The structure was built by Orcagna in the late 14th century as a platform for public ceremonies.

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    Don't Miss "Sabine Women" Sculpture

    by longsanborn Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    On the far right of the Piazza della Signoria stood Giambologna's "Rape of the Sabine Women", one of the most successful Mannerist sculptures in existence, a piece you MUST walk all the way around to appreciate, catching the action and artistry from different angles.

    The term "rape" in this context means "abduction" (from the Latin "rapere"), not the "unconsented sexual violent act".

    Anyway, this sculpture refers to an event supposed to have occurred in the early history of Rome, shortly after its foundation by Romulus and a group of mostly male followers. Seeking wives in order to start families, the Romans negotiated with the Sabines, who populated the area at the time. However, the Sabines refused to allow their women to marry the Romans, fearing the emergence of a rival culture. Faced with the extinction of their community, the Romans planned to abduct the Sabine women. Romulus invited Sabine families to a festival of Neptune Equester. At the meeting he gave a signal, at which the Romans grabbed the Sabine women and fought off the Sabine men. The unhappy abductees were persuaded by Romulus to accept Roman husbands, and the Sabine women finally agreed when Romulus promised them lands and properties plus equal rights and benefits with the Roman men.

    Recently, the Florentine authorities has determined that the outdoor elements and pollution had caused lots of damage to the original marble statue. Thus, very soon in the near future, this statue will be removed to the Accademia, to keep company with the original statue of Michaelangelo's David.

    A plaster model/copy of the Sabine Women will take its place at the Piazza Signora.

    Statue of The statue in the Loggia
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    Loggia dei Lanzi

    by codrutz Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    Also known as Loggia dei Signoria it was intended as a meeting point for public assemlies and ceremonies during the Signoria. This loggias are encountered all over Italy, having a similar structure. This one in Florence have a couple of interesting marble sculptures: Rape of the Sabine Woman, Hercules and the Centaur, both by Giambologna. On the left, near the path to the Ufizzi there is the bronze Perseus by the great Italian goldsmith, sculptor, painter and musician of the Renaissance - Cellini, as he displays Medusa's slain head.

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    Marvellous Statues

    by susancallus Written Jun 17, 2006

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    If you like to see stupendous statues go to the left side (infront) of Palazzo Vecchio and visit all the statues which are in a sort of 'loggia'. The most famous are these three: Il Perseo (Perseus); Ercole e Nesso (Hercules and the Centaur) and Il Ratto delle Sabine (The Rape of the Sabines). Facing them is the famous Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune). Here are all the mentioned photos for your interest.

    Perseus Hercules and the Centaur The Rape of the Sabines -Giambologna Fontana del Nettuno
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    Rape of The Sabine Women

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    This is a beautiful marble statute which catches your eye when you enter the museum. Everything displayed in Italian museums is quality, however some items stand out as better than others, this sculpture completed by Giambologna in 1583 is in that class.

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    Sculpture everywhere...

    by alisonr Written Nov 16, 2005

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    I think this is called The Rape of the Sabine or something like that. I just find it amazing that the art is all around you. You don't have to go into the museums to see it. Well, you have to go into the museums to see the real thing, but nevertheless, you can see art!

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    Loggia dei Lanzi

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    Loggia dei Lanzi was built between 1376 and 1391 by Benci di Cione and Simone talenti in elegant late Gothic style. It consists of large round arches on compound pillars. The fine reliefs above pillars are allegories of the Virtues, designed by Agnolo Gaddi.
    A number of outstanding sculptures in plaster copy are preserved inside the Loggia, works of Giambologna, while the originals are kept in the Galleria dell'Academia. In the foreground, on the left, is Perseus, Benvenuto Cellini's most famous work.

    Loggia dei Lanzi sculptures by Gianbologna Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini sculptures by Gianbologna sculptures by Gianbologna
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