Disagreements at Palazzo Pitti
Palazzo Pitti’s courtyard could actually contain Palazzo Strozzi. Why is that? A simplistic answer would be that Florentines are funny people with a fancy for bickering. But more specifically, the Pitti family was at odds with the Medici family and the Strozzi family. The latter had their palace – Palazzo Strozzi – built bigger in size than the former’s seat – Palazzo Medici – because those two were at odds themselves. In order to prove that his family was wealthier and stronger, when time came for Luca Pitti to build his own house in 1458, he commissioned a majestic palace that could contain Palazzo Strozzi – outdoing both Medici and Strozzi in one stroke. To ensure his message would be received, he designed the stone façade of his humble abode in such a way as to include a huge stone (representing Pitti’s power) next to a tiny one (representing his adversaries). In 1548 Cosimo I de’ Medici bought Palazzo Pitti as a gift for his pretty wife Eleanor of Toledo.
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Photo credit cover picture: Marcello Alinari