Palazzo Strozzi in Florence is one of the highlights of the city beyond the Uffizi. This palace hosts three major exhibitions every year, and is open all year with a café and an exhibition on the history of Palazzo Strozzi itself.
This glorious palace was built destroying 15 surrounding buildings. Located between Piazza Strozzi and Via Tornabuoni, in the very heart of Florence, Palazzo Strozzi is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture.
It is a model of civil architecture with its rusticated stone, and when designed, the architects were inspired by Palazzo Medici, looking to rebuild it with more harmonious proportions.
Unlike Palazzo Medici, which was situated in a corner of a street, so with only two external sides, this building, surrounded on all of its sides by the streets, it is a self-supporting structure.
It was commissioned by the Florentine merchant Filippo Strozzi and the foundations were laid in 1489, according to a design by Benedetto da Majano. One year later, the project was given to Simone del Pollaiolo, known as Cronaca, who worked on it until 1504.
But the building was finished only in 1538. It remained the property of the Strozzi family until 1937, and from 1999 is managed by the city administration.
After World War II, Palazzo Strozzi was the largest temporary exhibition space in Florence. Among the major exhibitions held here, we must remember the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (1949), the 17th century in Florence (1986), Gustav Klimt (1992), The Italian Still Life (2003), Botticelli and Filippo Lippi (who was the most visited exhibition in Italy in 2004) and Cézanne in Florence (most visited exhibition in Italy in 2007).
Palazzo Strozzi recently successfully hosted the exhibition of the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei.
Besides interesting vernissage, Palazzo Strozzi is worth visiting even considering it as an ancient house. Despite its historical mood, visitors will be really surprised when they will see next to the palace a modern shop and a funny museum with exclusive designed items in a 15th century palace.
Since Strozzi Palace is not really a museum and does not have a permanent collection, its offer is always different. For example, in the last years it hosted the exhibition “Caterina and Maria de ‘Medici. Return to Florence of Two Queens of France”.
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