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The Medici Chapels

In preparation of Communicating Art - 4All : free guides from 5th to 13th April 2014

Elisabetta Paoli

on 20 January 2014

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Transcript of The Medici Chapels

Cosimo is buried in the pillar of the crypt which corresponds to the plaque in front of the altar in the church above. The inscription
Pater Patriae
refers to him. His tomb represents the foundation on which the Medici family rests.
Cosimo the Elder
Commissioned by his son Piero the Gouty
Brunelleschi's Old Sacristy 1420-1428
Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder's father, Giovanni de' Bicci

Tomb of Giovanni de' Bicci and his wife
Verrocchio's Masterpiece: the tomb of Piero the Gouty (Lorenzo The Magnificent's Father) and of Giovanni de' Medici, Piero's brother
New Sacristy 1520-1534
Commissioned by Pope LeoX, Lorenzo the Magnificent's son and Pope Clement VII, son of Giuliano de' Medici in 1520
Tomb of Giuliano de' Medici, duke of Nemours
Tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino
Tomb of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano
The Chapel of the Princes
17th Century
Tacca's statue of Cosimo II
Tacca's statue of Ferdinand I
View of the Chapel with inlaid semi-precious stones
The Crypt
The tomb of Maria Luisa, the last member of the Medici Family
The 6 Grand Dukes of Tuscany with their families are buried in the crypt. The sarcophagi in the Chapel of the Princes above the crypt are empty.
The San Lorenzo Complex
Symbol of the Grand Dukes' power and glory
Michelangelo's Sacristy
is a dramatic
theatre created to
intensify and exalt
the sculptural groups
The pillar in the crypt where Cosimo the Elder is buried
The plaque in front of the high altar
The Old Sacristy
Brunelleschi's dome divided into 12 radial ribs representing the months and the 12 apostles
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