Florence > Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi

It is also called the Loggia della Signoria, because it was built in order to accommodate the covered the public ceremonies of the Signoria or Loggia dell'Orcagna, from the name of the architect who according to Vasari it gave the drawing; the Lanzi in question, instead, others were not that the lansquenets, mercenary soldiers germanic to penny of Cosimo I, hosted for some time in the building. The loggia was built between 1376 and 1383 by Benci di Cione and Simone Talenti. It consists of three large arches classicheggiami, to all sixth and on polistili pillars, which give access to a large compartment covered by cross vaults. The lobed tiles between the arches were performed between n 1384 and 1389 from designs by Agnolo Gaddi and enclose the statues of the Virtues. Two  HERALDIC LIONS flanking the input: one on the right and classical era, the other is the sixteenth-century. Under the right arch and the Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna (work of refined virtuosity as a prelude to the Baroque, was conceived princiPerseus by Benvenuto Cellini  (1546-54); the hero winner of Medusa participates in its forms both of the monumentality by Michelangelo that of preziosismo from exhaustion of Mannerism de time; splendid crankcase with statuettes and reliefs that reveals the quality of goldsmith of the artist. The loggia is also home to the Hercules and link, another group of sculptures by Giambologna, Menelaus who supports the body of Patroclo, Roman copy from original Greek de IV century B.C., six feminine statues of roman age and the Rape of Polyxena, beautiful work of the sculptor ottocentesco Pio Fedi.