Villa La Quiete, Florence-Exhibit of Botticelli, Baccio da Montelupo and Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio – Through October 30, 2016
September 27, 2016 by TravelsAcrossItaly
Very few visitors to Florence have ever heard of Villa La Quiete. Even if this is a place you do not know, make plans to visit this incredible exhibit.
NOTE: Before you go, please double check the hours that the exhibit is open, as listed below.
Now home to a university of cultural studies for foreigners, and not far from Sesto Fiorentino, the villa’s restoration is being previewed, in anticipation of its April 2017 reopening, in an exhibit of works by Renaissance artists.
Villa La Quiete and Gardens
The area of the current villa’s location was called, during Roman occupation, Palagio di Quarto after a hill not far from the ancient city center of present day Florence. The Orlandini family owned the villa from the 12th Century and substantially expanded it during their ownership. It changed hands several times during the 15th century: 1438, given to a military leader, Nicholas di Tolentino, as a gift from the Republic of Florence; 1453 bought by Pierfranceso de Medici.
In 1637, Christine of Lorraine, wife of Grand Duke Ferdinand I de Medici, acquired the villa and was responsible for expanding and improving the building to its current beauty. The property’s furnishings were given to the Palazzo Pitti and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence as part of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici’s Patto di Famiglia.
She was the last remaining direct descendant of the Medici family tree, leading back to Cosimo, Pater Patriae. The Family Pact (Patto di Familia
) of 1743 stipulated that all Medici property was to be given to the city of Florence.
The building is now the home of a work by Domenico Ghirlandaio’s son, Ridolfo, Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine. The other works in the exhibit were loaned by other museums and churches.
Domenico Ghirlandaio – Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine
The exhibit features several little known works including Botticelli’s Coronation of the Virgin with Saints, one of but a few crucifix’s by Baccio di Montelupo and the Ridolfo di Ghirlandaio Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine.
Coronation of the Virgin with Saints, 1490-1492 Botticelli