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To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio is celebrating the unfinished masterpiece that is the Battle of Anghiari with an itinerary retracing its history through the various testimonials it houses, accompanying them for the occasion with special tools exploring the theme in greater depth. The itinerary kicks off in the the Salone dei Cinquecento area in which searches have been conducted in recent years to discover whether there are still any residual traces of Leonardo’s painting, beneath Vasari’s fresco of the Battle of Marciano. A video in the hall, produced by Florence University’s Department of Architecture on the basis of the most recent scholarship, tells the story of the Battle of Anghiari with images and new 3D models showing what the hall looked like in Leonardo’s day and its subsequent transformation. We then move over to the opposite wall to discover the memories of Leonardo’s work concealed in Vasari’s fresco depicting the Rout of the Pisans at Torre San Vincenzo. The itinerary continues on the floor above, where the Apartments of Eleonora of Toledo host an old replica of the Battle of Anghiari that is one of the closest copies to the original. And finally, our journey winds up on the Mezzanine floor where the Loeser Bequest has a rare sketch on a tile showing the central scene of the Rout of the Pisans at Torre San Vincenzo and renowned terracotta Battle Scenes from the Rustici workshop testifying to the exceptional impact of Leonardo’s unfinished work on his contemporaries.



Location: Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze
Category: Visit itinerary with multimedia aids
Date: 23 February 2019 – 12 January 2020
Cost: ordinary museum entrance ticket
Schedule:Salone dei Cinquecento and the district of Eleonora
From October to March
every day except Thursday: 9 am-7pm
Thursday: 9-14
From April to September
every day except Thursday: 9-23
Thursday: 9-14
Mezzanine – Loeser donation
From January to December
every day except Thursday: 9 am-7pm
Thursday: 9-14
Promoting Organisations: Comune di Firenze, Musei Civici Fiorentini
Scientific Directors and curator: Serena Pini
Partner: Regione Toscana
Mail: [email protected]
Web: museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it
Tel: +39 055 2768325


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  • Event Date: 23 Febbraio 2019 - 12 Gennaio 2020
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