Palazzo Pitti (Florence, Italy) : View at the base of the hill, looking northeast, depicting the west wing, north façade

Creator:
Buontalenti, Bernardo, ca. 1531-1608
Published/Created:
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
1457-1570 ; 1560-1577 (alteration)
Date Depicted:
9/1/1994
Materials:
fresco
stone
Notes:
In addition to the various elaborate fountains that Cosimo ordered, he was also commissioned to improve (1560-1577) the Palazzo Pitti, which had been acquired (1549) as a residence for the Duchess, Eleonora of Toledo. His masterpiece there is the half-sunken courtyard, with the surrounding building rising a full three storeys on three sides of a rectangle, and, above a fountain grotto on the fourth side, framing a view over the Boboli Gardens, which were being laid out axially up the steep hill that rises towards the Belvedere fortress. It is architecture of a peculiarly sculptural variety, well adapted to make a visual transition between palace and garden on account of its heavily rusticated masonry, which was used in a capricious and deliberately anti-classical way. This recalls the fortress-like building for the Mint (Zecca) in Venice by Sansovino and designs published by Serlio in 1537. The foundations were laid in 1560, and Ammanati was designated sole architect in the following year, succeeding Vasari, who thenceforth had to concentrate on the Uffizi.
Variant Titles:
Pitti Palace
Topics:
Architecture -- Italy -- 15th century -- (YVRC)
Architecture -- Italy -- 16th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Mannerist
Culture:
Italian
Accession Number:
1A2-I-F-PP-A6
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; rulers and leaders; Cosimo I, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, 1519-1574 construction buildings; dwellings; houses; town houses; palazzi forecourt; court
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
9/1/1994
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10095080
PID:
digcoll:1853426