Palazzo dei Cartelloni, Florence

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Palazzo dei Cartelloni, also known as Palazzo Viviani, is a Baroque-style palace in Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy.HistoryThis building displays many unusual architectural elements, the most evident being the unusually big epigraphs written in Latin. The owner of the building, the mathematician Vincenzo Viviani, had them applied on the main façade in 1693, in order to celebrate and glorify the life and many discoveries of his mentor, Galileo Galilei. It is after these inscriptions that the building takes its name.The main architecture of the building was created by Giovanni Battista Nelli, while the bust of Galileo that still stands over the main entrance was sculpted by Giovanni Battista Foggini, and is actually a copy of the original made by Giovanni Caccini in 1610.After Viviani died in 1703, the building was inherited by his nephew, the Abbot Paolo Panzanini. The palace was then acquired by Giovan Battista Nelli’s son, who had the same name as his father. The new owner took good care of the many books and manuscripts which belonged to Viviani, and also published the façade’s inscriptions in his work Galileo’s Life and Literary Commerce.The palace was later owned by the Sermolli family (who then became the Picchi Sermolli family) and successively by the Loria family.Today Palazzo dei Cartelloni is owned by SACI Studio Arts College International, a U.S. institution.
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  • Very interesting, especially in the façade, with large scrolls. Too bad we couldn't visit. Today I think is a private institution of art.
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  • Palazzo Kartelloni (or Viviani) built in the late 17 century on the remains of the Palace of the noble city-dweller with the surname del Giocondo, so famous Gioconda, probably also connected with this place. The Palace is beautifully decorated both inside and out. Also a very nice patio garden.
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