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The Quartiere del Mezzanino

The Quartiere del Mezzanino is situated between the first and second floors of Palazzo Vecchio, in the oldest section of the building dating to the beginning of the fourteenth century, around what is known as Michelozzo’s courtyard.
At the time of the Priors it was the seat of important magistracies such as the Dieci di Balia and the Consiglio dei Settanta, and later also the private residence of the gonfaloniere for life, Piero Soderini.
Renovated in the mid fifteenth century by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, who was responsible for the characteristic round windows, it was only marginally affected by the transformation of the building into a ducal palace ordered by Cosimo I de’ Medici after 1540. For this reason it is the part of Palazzo Vecchio that conserves most intact the austere appearance of a residence of mediaeval origin.
Under the dukes it housed the lodgings of Maria Salviati, mother of Cosimo I de’ Medici, from 1540 to 1543, and was later assigned to the brothers of the duchess Eleonora, Don Francesco and Don Luigi di Toledo. After the Medici court was transferred to Palazzo Pitti it was progressively occupied by the Guardaroba and its appurtenances. 
In the nineteenth century it was the premises of the Ufficio del Dazio e Consumo, which remained there up to 1929, when the City Council which had owned the building since 1871 included this area too in the major plan for the renovation and conversion into a museum of the monumental quarters of Palazzo Vecchio.
The restoration works brought to light all the evidence of the centuries-long history of the Quartiere that now characterises the various rooms, such as the stone lion on the first flight of stairs outside the Palazzo dei Priori which gives its name to the Sala del Marzocco, the two painted wooden ceilings in this room and in the Sala dei Gigli d’oro (the only fourteenth and fifteenth-century ceilings in the museum that are still entirely visible), the ancient ‘agiamenti’ (toilets), the lavabo and the wall cupboard used for crockery in the Stanza da desinare, and the remains of a small study belonging to Cosimo I looking onto the Stanza del Terrazzino.
When the works were completed in 1934, several rooms in the Quartiere were decorated with the works of art and the period furnishings from the legacy through which the American collector Charles Alexander Loeser made his contribution to the new museum of Palazzo Vecchio, and which since then have represented the so-called Loeser Bequest, one of the municipal collections of the greatest artistic and historic value.

[Charles Alexander Loeser] [Loeser Bequest] [Works]

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Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria
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