Palazzo Gondi, Firenze, Italia 🇮🇹 . (swipe left)
This extraordinary palace was built in 1489 by the renowned architect Giuliano da Sangallo and it’s among the most important renaissance palaces - cube-shape set around a central courtyard, the ashlar sloping on each of three floors, and the arched windows. However, Sangallo was able to modify the use of these elements, making it one of the most successful Florentine buildings of its time. The most innovative element is in the design of the windows: the profile of stones arranged in a radial pattern, which resemble the facets of a precious stone. The windows on the second floor were designed slightly wider than the others to compensate for the optical foreshortening.
In the central courtyard, the cortile is surrounded by Corinthian columns and there’s a 17th-century fountain. From here begins the monumental staircase to the upper floors.
The construction dragged on, and the palazzo remained incomplete for several centuries. At the end of the 17th century Antonio Maria Ferri worked on the architecture and Matteo Bonechi on the paintings.
Among the decorations inside the palace, there is a fresco and some paintings by Italian and French artists. On the first floor there is also a monumental fireplace which was designed originally by Giuliano da Sangallo.
Today, the building still belongs to the original Gondi descendants and it’s one of the great renaissance palaces in Florence to be held in private hands. The Gondi are an ancient florentine family, merchants then bankers, whose activities were also linked to the Company Gondi that operated throughout Europe as well as in Calcutta and Constantinople.
Bernardo Gondi is President of the “Dimore Storiche Italiane” for Tuscany.
Courtesy: Palazzo Gondi @vittoriagondi