About This Image
Title in period pen. The number "161" reversed out of the negative. Actually, the Palazzo Vecchio, which is the town hall of Florence. This massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Overlooking the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi, it is one of the most significant public places in Italy.
The title actually refers to the imposing chamber inside, which has a length of 52 m (170 ft) and is 23 m (75 ft) broad. It was built in 1494 by Simone del Pollaiolo, on commission of Savonarola who, replacing the Medici after their exile as the spiritual leader of the Republic, wanted it as a seat of the Grand Council (Consiglio Maggiore) consisting of 500 members.
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Medium Salt print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1850s Print Date 1850s
Dimensions 16-7/8 x 12-5/8 in. (429 x 321 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country Italy