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Temporary exhibits at the Palazzo Strozzi
We stopped by the Palazzo Strozzi one evening to attend the exhibition on “Money and Beauty” – a show about Florentine bankers, Botticelli, and the Bonfire of the Vanities. It was in its final weeks on display and well worth the evening. By the time I write this tip, the exhibit will be gone. But the Strozzi Palace remains and will have future exhibits.
The Palazzo Strozzi is one of the premier venues for temporary exhibitions – so you never know what you may get to see! Check their website before your visit to see if anything interests you (there are also brochures at the Tourist Information centers and around the city).
You can walk through the Palazzo Strozzi, the home of one of the Medici’s rival merchant families. Its central courtyard can give you an idea of what these palatial homes were like in those days. When we arrived, it was at the start of fashion week and there was a spectacular light show happening on the walls of the courtyard.
If there is an exhibit you would like to see, the ticket office is off of the courtyard as well as a very nice bookstore. They also have a café if you would like to sit and relax in this wonderful place. There is a permanent exhibition on the history of the building if you are interested. The exhibition we saw had pulled many works from other museums and many were by Botticelli. This is another reason to check what exhibitions are around town – you may miss the one painting you came to Florence to see because it is on loan to an exhibition.
The Palazzo Strozzi website is full of information about the current exhibitions and the history of the building. If you think we may be interested in going to this, it would be good to check out the website. Another good place to look for upcoming exhibitions as well as other information around Florence is at the Tourist Information Centers. Be sure to stop in so you don’t miss anything.
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Further west along Via degli Strozzi from Piazza della Repubblica is Palazzo Strozzi, a HUGE renaissance edifice that is hard to ignore for its sheer size. During its construction in the 16th century, 15 buildings had to be demolished to accommodate the grand plans of its original owner, the banker Filippo Strozzi, who died long before the first stone was laid. The palace was a integral part in Strozzi's plans to create worthy rivals to the Medicis grand palaces in the area (now of course, we know Strozzi failed).
Three architects worked on the project - Giullano da Sangallo, Benedetto da Maiano, and Simone del Pollaiuolo. The original exterior of rusticaed masonry blocks remains to this day which gives the building a very solid look. And so are the renaissance torch holders, lamps and rings for tethering horses.
Finally, a grand palace not attributable to the Medicis!
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Situated between Piazza Strozzi and via Tornabuoni, the Palazzo Strozzi is one of the finest examples of Renaissance domestic architecture. It was commissioned by the Florentine merchant Filippo Strozzi and the foundations were laid in 1489 according to a design by Benedetto da Maiano. The palazzo remained the seat of the Strozzi family until 1937. Today the palace is used for international expositions like the now-annual antique show, founded as the Biennale del'Antiquariato in 1959, fashion shows and other cultural and artistic events
Situado entre la via Tornabuoni y la plaza del mismo nombre, el palacio strozzi es uno de los palacios mas bellos del renacimiento italiano. Fue iniciado por deseo de Filippo Strozzi, un rico mercante perteneciente a una de las familias más ricas de Florencia y tradicionalmente hostil a la facción de los Médici. El Palacio fue habitado por la familia Strozzi hasta 1937, a día de hoy es utilizado para múltiples usos, como exposiciones de arte temporales, desfiles de moda además de albergar al Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, gabinete científico y literario fundado en 1819 y el Istituto Nazionale di Studi del Rinascimento.
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In 1489, Filippo Strozzi commisioned Benedetto da Maiano to built this palace but it was completed by Simone del Pallaiolo, better known as Cronaca. Palazzo Strozzi is probably the best example of Renaissance private architecture, with facade built in the bugnato style.
In 1999 the palace was acquired by the State in order to housed prestigious institutions, such as Instituto Nazionale del Rinascimento.
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