Cosimo I (called Cosimo the Elder) was looking to hide his fortune, acquired through the Black Death and the decline of the most powerful families in the city. So he asked the architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo Michelozzi to erect a building of modesty and religious austerity. The goldsmith and engraver at the Florence mint made the future home of the Medici an example of a Florentine palace with softly lit facades, a huge cornice, and a courtyard surrounded by a portico with ancient columns.
Don't miss the treasure buried in the chapel: the flamboyantly colourful The Procession of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli and a ceiling fresco running the entire length of the hall of mirrors, The Apotheosis of the Medici, by Luca Giordano, a baroque painter of the Neapolitan school.
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