The Hall of the Great Council of Florence

  • D. S. Chambers
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The exile of the Medici in 1494 and the reinvigoration of republican institutions and ideals in Florence caused a certain revival of civic art patronage. One of the earlier acts of the new Signoria had been to confiscate the works of art of the Medici estate, endowing the various representations of tyrant-slayers, David, Judith and Hercules, with a new heroic significance when placed on public display. The most positive act of the new civic patronage lay in the government’s plans for the Hall in the Palazzo della Signoria (significantly described now as the Palazzo del Popolo) where the Great Council assembled. The latter was thought to bear comparison with the Greater Council of Venice, so it was only fitting that there should be comparable decorations of its meeting-place. Few of the plans had been completed when the Republic collapsed in 1512.


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