Dust of a large fresco, the exhibition at the Museo de 'Medici

The Museo de 'Medici hosts an exhibition dedicated to the Medici with works, relics, curiosities from private collections, therefore mostly "never seen". It is a more contemporary way of relating history and art, combining real objects and virtual images in a single exhibition path.
In the mission of the new institution there is also the organization of temporary exhibitions: from 26 November 2019 the first "Cosimo I. Dust of a large fresco" opens to the public and will continue until 24 March 2020, the date chosen to remember the end of the Florentine year on the day before the Annunciation.
Curated by the antiquarian and expert of the Medici Dynasty, Alberto Bruschi, the exhibition presents a selection of works and objects from private collections, therefore not displayed in museums, and therefore of even greater interest.
In all, there are about fifteen pieces including paintings, relics, manuscript curiosities, medals, printed books and objects of various kinds which have as their common denominator the figure of Cosimo I on the 500th anniversary of his birth.
Jewels of art and history
One of the most important works on display is the preparatory framework-sketch by Jacopo Ligozzi for the painting on blackboard in the Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, entitled Boniface VIII receives the Florentine ambassadors, which the artist finished in 1592 and whose drawing it is now preserved in the Uffizi drawings and prints cabinet. The scene was to illustrate the moment when Pope Boniface VIII in 1295, seeing himself surrounded by the Florentine ambassadors who paid him homage, exclaimed that the Florentines were the fifth element of the Earth, obviously alluding to the four constituent elements of the cosmos of pre-Socratic philosophy. Except that Ligozzi placed the personification of Tuscany in the center at the bottom of the image, flanked instead by the four elements, by the four continents, therefore also considering America.
Do not forget the Portrait of Cosimo I attributed to Allori and two relics of Pius V, the Pope who crowned Grand Duke Tuscany in 1569 Cosimo I, or the glove of the right hand of Saint Pius V with whom he blessed the troops of the Battle of Lepanto and given to Marcantonio Colonna and then a Pantofola, one of those that Cosimo had to kiss on the day of his grand-ducal coronation. This in fact represented the moment of greatest importance of the Cosimo's politics as it legitimately assured the Medici family power for another two centuries.
In the exhibition you can also admire two manuscripts (Provanze de Quarti of all the Knights of S. Stefano Fiorentini from the Foundation of Religion to date - All extracted from Books of the Chancellery of Pisa and Origin, and Descendency of the Real Casa de Medici ), a score (For the Cantore - Knights of S. Stefano), some printed books, and four medals of the eighteenth-century Medicean Series, by Antonio Selvi, depicting Cosimo I, Eleonora di Toledo, Camilla Martelli and the "mysterious" Don Fagoro (who was actually Don Pedricco, son of the Grand Duke and Eleonora, who died less than a year old, but depicted by the engraver as a young man of at least 15 years old and in armor).
The exhibition is completed by 20 lithographs on canvas of the Grand Dukes and consorts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a lead to hold the bracket of an architectural element with the Medici coat of arms, the embroidery of the lost fresco of Porta Romana. Notice of the end of the Florentine Republic and a plaque that reports the Law on dress, Ornaments, & other Pumps of the Huomini, & Women of the City, & countryside of Fiorenza of 1568.