|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.