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Great Florentines

Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, breeding ground of artists and famous figures. Florence is renowned around the world thanks to great Florentines. Just think of Dante Alighieri, founder of the Italian language which is translated into hundreds of different languages. Or about Leonardo da Vinci, inventor, writer and painter that still fascinates today. Or even yet Michelangelo, whose David at the Academy Gallery is visited by millions of visitors every year. We'll also include Amerigo Vespucci and Giovanni da Verrazzano, explorers that discovered new worlds to the list as well as Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Masaccio, Donatello and all the artists, writers, inventors, scientists that have made Florence what it is today.

 

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  • The Painter That Committed No Mistakes: Andrea del Sarto

    The Painter That Committed No Mistakes: Andrea del Sarto

    His magnificent works can be admired in Florence as well as at the Louvre in France. In Florence, head to the Uffizi, the Chiostro dello Scalzo and to the SS Annunziata church and the San Salvi convent for his Last Supper.

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  • Giotto

    Giotto

    Giotto is one of the most important artists in art history. Apprentice of Cimabue he started a new style in painting, being followed by Renaissance artists. Many of his artworks are in Florence such as the beautiful Madonna di Ognissanti at the Uffizi Gallery.

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  • Arnolfo di Cambio

    Arnolfo di Cambio

    Arnolfo di Cambio is one of the most important Tuscan and Italian artists, who lived between 13th and 14th century. He was an innovative architect and sculptor, whose works laid the foundation for the Renaissance. His most famous work was the lost facade of Florence Cathedral.

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  • Raphael Sanzio

    Raphael Sanzio

    Raphael is a great Renaissance painter and architect who worked and lived in Florence. At the Uffizi Gallery and at Pitti Palace you can admire his masterpieces, such as the stunning Madonna della Seggiola.

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  • Desiderio da Settignano

    Desiderio da Settignano

    Desiderio da Settignano is a great Florentine sculptor of Renaissance. He lived and worked in Florence and is renowned for the delicacy and grace with which he chiseled his figures. He was a virtuoso of marble and worked with Donatello, Antonello Rossellino and Benedetto da Maiano.

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  • Vincenzo Danti

    Vincenzo Danti

    Vincenzo Danti is a great Renaissance sculptor who worked for many years for the Medici family. Several of his masterpieces are displayed in Florentine museums, including Honour Triumphs over Falsehood at the Bargello Museum in Florence.

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  • Francesco Furini

    Francesco Furini

    Francesco Furini was a Florentine painter of the 17th century. He was very active in Florence and appreciated by his contemporaries. Many of his works are still in Florence, including several frescoes at the Pitti Palace.

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