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Frescoes, Audience Hall, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Audience Hall in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

We now arrive at the Sala dell’Udienza (Audience Hall or Audience Chamber) which was the Chamber of Justice, used for meetings and audiences of the Signoria. Originally, also this area was a large room as the underlying Salone dei Duecento, the Sala Grande (Great Hall), but between 1470 and 1472 the room was divided, by Benedetto da Majano, by a wall going to form the two actual rooms: the Audience Hall and the Hall of the Lilies. The room has a wonderful ceiling casettone covered with gold, by Giuliano da Majano (XV century). The hall was decorated between 1543 and 1548 by Francesco de’ Rossi said il Salviati and Domenico Romano, with frescoes depicting the Stories of Marco Furio Camillo. Among the scenes are the conquest of Veii, the Punishment of the Master of Falerii, Camillo defeating the Volsci, but the main scene is the Triumph of Camillus. The purpose of these paintings is the exaltation of Cosimo as a new Furio Camillo, toghether with him with the objective of conquest of Etruria and the defense of Italy by the French (the Gauls).

Affreschi, Sala dell'Udienza, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Frescoes, Audience Hall, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The room is connected by a door to the Chapel of the Priors. From the Audience Hall leads to the Sala dei Gigli through a beautiful marble portal, by Benedetto and Giuliano da Majano, and a precious tarsia of the fifteenth century carved by Francesco di Giovanni said il Francione. The visit of the rooms on the second floor of the Monumental Quarters continues to the Hall of the Lilies (Sala dei Gigli).

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