Frescoes and interiors in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence (1637-61)
by Pietro da CORTONA

The Palazzo Pitti in Florence, purchased from the Pitti family by the wife of Duke CosimoI de' Medici in 1549 and renovated and expanded by Bartolommeo Ammanati, served as a residence of royal proportions for roughly 350 years. It was occupied by the dynasties of the Medici, the Habsburgs, and finally the Savoyards, and subjected to constant adaptations and alterations. Intensive use by ruling families resulted in the lavish decoration of all floors. Fresco painters from three centuries contributed to the fixed decor of the public rooms and living quarters. Of its numerous apartments two suites of rooms stand out because of their decoration, function and size. These took their present form under Grand Duke Ferdinando II de' Medici (1610-1670), and for the most part they were spared later encroachments owing to their high-quality frescoes. These are the reception rooms in the left (north) wing used by Ferdinando II. The rooms on the cooler ground floor, directly connected with the Boboli Gardens by way of a loggia and a terrace, served him as a summer apartment (Appartamento d'Estate); his winter quarters (Appartamento d'Inverno), reached by way of a large staircase and capable of being heated, lie directly above these on the piano nobile.

In the winter quarters Pietro da Cortona decorated the Stanza della Stufa, the Rooms of the Planets (Sala di Venere; Sala di Giove; Sala di Marte; Sala di Apollo) between 1637 and 1661. The summer quarters were decorated by Giovanni da San Givanni, Francesco Furini, Ottavio Vannini, Cecco Bravo, Angelo Michele Colonna, and Ciro Ferri.

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View of the Stanza della Stufa
1637-41
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


View of the Stanza della Stufa
1637-41
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Age of Bronze
1641
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Age of Iron
1641
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


The Age of Gold
1637
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Study for the Age of Silver
c. 1635
Black chalk and white lead on blue paper, 400 x 251 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


Study for the Age of Silver
1637
Red and black pencil on waxed paper, 350 x 246 mm
Museo Horne, Florence


Study for the Age of Gold
-
Pen, ink, red chalk on white paper, 420 x 280 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


View of the Sala di Venere
1642
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Ceiling painting
1642
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Ceiling painting
1642
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Lunette painting
1642
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Lunette painting
1642
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


View of the Sala di Giove
1643-44
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Ceiling painting
1643-44
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Ceiling painting
1643-44
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


View of the Sala di Marte
1643-44
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Ceiling painting
1643-44
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Ceiling painting (detail)
1643-44
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Wall painting
1642
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Wall painting
1642
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Ceiling painting
1647-59
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Ceiling fresco in the Sala di Saturno
1663-65
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


View of the Sala di Saturno
1663-65
Fresco
Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Study for the façade of the Palazzo Pitti
1640s
Drawing
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence



Paintings by Pietro da CORTONA
Frescoes in the Palazzo Barberini
Frescoes in the Palazzo Pitti
Various frescoes | Easel paintings



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