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Close up of the figure of Importuno, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The Importuno by Michelangelo, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Behind the marble group of Hercules and Caco by Baccio Bandinelli, to the right of the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio, near the corner of the palace, can be seen – carved on a stone near the base of Palazzo Vecchio -, a profile of the head of man: the so-called “Importuno” (Nuisance).

The legend of “Importuno” tells that Michelangelo Buonarroti, when passing from Piazza della Signoria, was often stopped by a man who pressed him with his useless chatter.

One day while Michelangelo was passing near Palazzo Vecchio again encountered this boring man who annoyed him with hir chatter. This time as the man spoke, Michelangelo having with him his chisel and mallet, holding his hands behind his back approached the base of the building, while he bored listening to the nuisance, he cut the man profile in a panel.

L'ingresso di Palazzo Vecchio, segnalata dal cerchietto è la figura dell'Importuno, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze, Italia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio, indicated by the circle is the figure of Importuno, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

For centuries the Florentines call this unique figure by Michelangelo “l’Importuno” (the nuisance).

This story that the image of the “Importuno” is the work of Michelangelo is probably only a legend, but the figure does exist and it’s nice to discover it in the wall of the Palazzo Vecchio. Florence also reserves of these surprises!

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