Palazzo Strozzi

- Via Tornabuoni -
 

PALAZZO STROZZI

In his “Memories”, Filippo Strozzi says that on 16 August 1489, “...I laid the first stone in the foundation”. Shortly after construction began, Benedetto da Maiano, who was the planner, left Florence to go to Naples and his place was taken by Jacapo Rossellini and finally, the completion of the building was entrusted to Cronaca who is responsible for the appearance of the palace with its magnificent heights, among the tallest of the historical Florentine palaces, its splendid courtyard and its magnificent Corinthian cornice executed according to the drawing and system of ancient Rome.

AT THE BEGINNING OF 1500 THE PALACE WAS AREADY INHABITED BY FILIPPO'S DESCENDENTS WHO DIED IN 1491.

This palace in Via Tornabuoni is considered one of the most beautiful of the Florentine Renaissance. Vasari defines its courtyard “sumptuous courtyard of Corinthian and Doric order, with gorgeous ornamentation of columns, capitals, cornices and doors”. Stendhal, having recovered from an attack of his own syndrome, noted down in his travel journal:”Coming off the Trinità Bridge and passing in front of Palazzo Strozzi, the traveller can think he is in 1500”.

Today it houses various Florentine institutions with the first floor reserved for important art exhibitions. The “Palazzo Strozzi” Foundation, which has become an international institution at the highest cultural levels, has its seat here.

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