BEZZUOLI, Giuseppe
(b. 1784, Firenze, d. 1855, Firenze)

Entry of Charles VIII into Florence

Oil on canvas, 290 x 356 cm
Galleria dell'Arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

The painter's most celebrated work shows the invasion of Florence in 1494 under Charles VIII of France. Commissioned by Leopoldo II, grand duke of Tuscany, it alludes also to the more recent French occupation under Napoleon.

The theme of the painting is taken from the History of the City of Florence by Jacopo Nardi.