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Apartments of LEO X

These apartments are situated in a part of the building erected on the orders of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in the mid-16th century. The extension was designed and built by Battista del Tasso, who partly demolished and partly incorporated the 13th and 14th century offices of the Captain and Executor of the Ordinances of Justice in his work. When Tasso died in 1555, his place was taken by Giorgio Vasari who worked simultaneously both on these rooms and on decorating the apartments on the floor above in accordance with a single, consistent iconographic programme devised by the scholar Cosimo Bartoli. Each one of the rooms in these apartments is dedicated to an illustrious member of the Medici family, the decoration depicting their most significant endeavours:  Cosimo il Vecchio, Lorenzo the Magnificent, mercenary captain Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, Pope Leo X (after whom the apartments are named), Pope Clement VII and Cosimo I himself.

Each one of the rooms is matched in the Apartments of the Elements on the floor above by a room of the same size dedicated to a pagan deity, in accordance with a specific programme designed to compare the rise to power of the House of Medici, veritable "deities on earth", with the origins of the genealogy of the "deities in heaven".

Some of the rooms in this area are only open to visitors on special occasions because they are normally set aside for use as the offices of the Mayor of Florence.


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Comune di Firenze
Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria
50122 FIRENZE
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