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THE BARGELLO PALACE: THE INVENTION OF CIVIC ARCHITECTURE IN FLORENCE. Amee Yunn. Harvey Miller Publishers, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2015. 300 pp. ISBN 9781909400313 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: This book offers a new, revised building history of the Bargello, the first town hall of Florence. A careful analysis of documents, fabric, and restoration allows us to reconstruct the original site. It reveals two previously unidentified building stages. The first palace, begun in 1255, adapted an ex-neighborhood consortium, reusing an old tower and three houses. In the 1280s, a second palace arose next to it, thus creating a twin-palace complex for the Podesta and Capitano, the highest-ranking public officials. Long misidentified as the 1255 palace, the front wing's lower two stories were actually built in 1291-1308. An unroofed precinct wall enclosed the older structures behind a monumental facade, forming an open-air courtyard used for tribunals and stables. This part became known as the old palace when the large, arcaded courtyard and rear wing were addded in 1316-1322. The new palace containing the Magdalen Chapel was designed for the Angevin court in residence, not for the communal administration of justice as generally believed. After a 1332 fire devastated the upper stories, the front wing was covered with two immense roof vaults in 1332-1346. Inside, many old dividing walls survived until the nineteenth century.
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Worldwide Number: 167658
Hardcover $130.00 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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