|A putto with a galero and Santo Stephano cross, on a ceiling in the Palazzo Albizzi, Florence
|Maestri di Fabbrica, located in the former Palazzo Albizi
|a telemon painted into a column
I am told that the frescoes were painted by Bernardino Poccetti or one of his pupils in the late 16th century. In some areas the restoration of them is a bit ham-fisted but the overall design makes clever use of the space and there are plenty of thrilling details.
These trompe l'oeil murals now form a spectacular backdrop for the handcrafted work of a number of Tuscan artisans; displays of natural cosmetics and candles; a very nice buffet serving local specialties; and a boutique dedicated to fine local wines and olive oil. It wasn't until Theresa Cheek visited us in Florence that I discovered there was also a small back room with a surfeit of decorative art books at only €10 each.
|putto with a river anchor and the Maltese cross of the Knights Hospitaller
Also, some pretty good putti painted into these ceilings. If you are like me and you are always looking for good putti.
|16th century trompe l'oeil murals in the former Palazzo Albizi
Maestri di Fabricci is located at Borgo degl'Albizi, 68, Firenze
all photos in this post by Lynne Rutter, Florence, February, 2014
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*The English spell the name Albizzi. I have no idea why.