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Ceiling of the Hall of Clement VII, Quarters of Pope Leo X, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Quarters of Pope Leo X in Palazzo Vecchio: the Hall of Leo X and the Hall of Clement VII

The Quarters of Pope Leo X are on the first floor of the Palazzo Vecchio, these rooms were modernized by Giorgio Vasari in 1555-62. The decorations of the same Vasari and Gino Lorenzi, are dedicated to the most illustrious personages of the Medici family and their businesses.

These rooms were used as in past years as boardrooms by the Mayor of Florence, today were partly open for tourists to visit, including the former Mayor’s representative office (Rooms of Leo X and Clement VII).

The Hall dedicated to Leo X is the main room of the quarter, realized from Vasari between 1555 and 1562, it has square plant and it still has the original pavement in white and red terracotta work of Santi di Michele Buglioni; the wooden ceiling to “lacunari” of the room, carved and golden, is work of Antonio di Rombolo detto il Crocino, Domenico del Tasso and of Mariotto di Francesco; the golden plasters to the walls are work of Leonardo Ricciarelli and Giovanni Boscoli.

Soffitto della Sala di Leone X, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze. Italia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Ceiling of the Hall of Leo X, Quarters of Pope Leo X, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The scenes represented in the hall represent important episodes of the life of Leo X and are work of Vasari and of Giovanni Stradano, on the three main walls are three paintings walls that represent: The Visit of Leo X to Florence. The conquest of San Leo. The Election from part of Leo X of numerous cardinals.

The Hall of Clemente VII, constructed and decorated from the Vasari between 1556 and 1562 it is dedicated to the second pope of the Medici family, it has a pavement in red and white terracotta with the symbols of Clemente VII, and is decorated with the more important episodes of its life. To the center of the ceiling is the scene that represents Clemente VII that crown Carlo V emperor in San Petronio in Bologna, work of Vasari and Giovanni Stradano.

At the walls are found the events of the war of 1529-1530 between Florence and the imperial army: with pictures of the Tuscany cities of Pistoia, Lastra a Signa, Empoli and Volterra all works of Giovanni Stradano, of the same author is the great picture of the city of Florence under siege.

Here is also the Chapel of Saints Cosmas and Damian with a ceiling decorated with a fresco of the Lord in glory.

The visit continues through the rooms at the second floor of the Quartieri Monumentali (Monumental Quarters), in particular we visit now the Quartiere degli Elementi (Apartments of the Elements).

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