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Room of Gualdrada

 Tradition has it that Gualdrada, a beautiful Florentine girl who lived in the 12th century and whom Dante mentions in the Divine Comedy, disobeyed her father's command to allow Emperor Otto IV, who was visiting Florence, to kiss her. She objected that she would only allow her future husband to do so. The episode depicted here extolls the virtues of purity and modesty, but it also alludes to the independence of the city of Florence. The bond between Gualdrada and Florence is highlighted by the decoration in the frieze showing views of the city and its traditional festivities.

1561-1562
Paintings: Giorgio Vasari and Giovanni Stradano, oil on wood and fresco
Frames: Battista Botticelli, gilded stucco and wood
4G. Stradano su disegno di G. Vasari, Gualdrada rifiuta di baciare l’imperatore Ottone IV

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Gualdrada refuses to kiss Emperor Otto IV, with an allegory of Florence below


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Comune di Firenze
Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria
50122 FIRENZE
P.IVA 01307110484
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