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Terrace of Juno

This room originally gave onto an open loggia with columns, designed to offer Duke Cosimo's wife Eleonora of Toledo a view of the Santa Croce neighbourhood. It was dedicated to Jupiter's wife Juno in the duchess's honour. The original design included the construction of a fountain emulating the monochrome painting on the wall, which appears to have been inspired in its turn by Verrocchio's Putto with a Dolphin. The loggia, which stood where the undecorated wall stands today, was walled up after the last wing of the palace was built.


Paintings: Giorgio Vasari, Cristofano Gherardi and Marco Marchetti da Faenza, fresco

Stucco work: design by Bartolomeo Ammannati (?)


1.      Juno on a carriage drawn by peacocks

2.      ,Allegory of Abundance 

3.       Allegory of Power


4.      Juno deprives Jupiter of his lover Io, whom he had disguised by turning her into a cow

5.      Juno turns the nymph Callisto, beloved of Jupiter, into the constellation Ursa Minor

6.      Fountain with putto

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Putto with a Dolphin
Andrea del Verrocchio
circa 1470-80, bronze

The Putto is one of the most universally admired works of Andrea del Verrocchio, a Florentine goldsmith, sculptor and painter much appreciated by the Medici family, who commissioned several works from him such as the tombs of Cosimo il Vecchio and his sons Piero and Giovanni in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence. Verrocchio's flourishing workshop produced artists of the calibre of Leonardo da Vinci and Perugino.

This Putto, produced for Lorenzo the Magnificent and inspired by Greek and Roman models, originally stood atop a fountain in the Medici villa of Careggi. The fact that it was commissioned by Lorenzo, together with its stylistic affinity with other works of Verrocchio, such as the Christ and St Thomas in Orsanmichele (1467-83), allow us to date it to some time between 1470 and 1480.

In 1557 Cosimo I ordered the Putto to be brought to Palazzo Vecchio and placed on the fountain in the centre of the Michelozzo courtyard which Francesco Ferrucci (known as Il Tadda), Raffaello di Domenico di Polo and Andrea di Domenico had made to a design by Giorgio Vasari, and possibly also Bartolomeo Ammannati. The statue was moved to the museum in 1959 for conservation and a replica by bronze sculptor Bruno Bearzi took its place in the courtyard.

Palazzo Vecchio once housed two other bronzes by Verrocchio: a monumental candelabrum in the Priors’ Chapel (now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) and a David with the Head of Goliath, sold to the Signoria by Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici and set at the exit of the Hall of Lilies (now in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence)










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Comune di Firenze
Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria
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