Medici Tapestries in Palazzo Vecchio

For the exhibition “The Prince of Dreams”, twenty tapestries of Medici family returned to its original place in Palazzo Vecchio after 150 years.

Tapestry, along with other types of fabric art, is one of the least known type of art to public. The Medici family, however, enjoyed the beautiful tapestries on top of their massive collection of paintings and sculptures. In 1553, Cosimo I de’ Medici had commissioned Jacopo Pontormo, Agnolo Bronzino, and Francesco Salviatti twenty tapestries. Since then, the tapestries adorned the walls of the Sala di Dugenti in Palazzo Vecchio over three hundred years.

Most of Medici collection stay in Florence by law. However, in 1882, ten of these tapestries were sent to the Palazzo Quirinale, the official residence of the president of Italy, and have been exhibited there since then. Some of other tapestries went through restoration over last few decades in Florence.

To everyone’s pleasure, this year, a traveling exhibition The Prince of Dreams gathered all twenty of Medici tapestries together. First the exhibition was held in the Palazzo Quirinale, then at Milan Expo. This September, the exhibition made its way to its original place in Sala di Dugenti of Palazzo Vecchio, for the first time after the unification of Italy. This exhibition is open until the February 15th of 2016.

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