Florence 07

Florence Episode 07 Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

Meet (some of) the Medici and their art collection.

Cosimo di Medici’s residence and business headquarters has a deliberately low key exterior, for, as he so pithily put it, ‘Envy is a plant one should never water’. Inside, away from prying eyes, it is much more splendid. Discover some of the famed works of art connected with this building, such as Donatello’s David, Filippo Lippi’s Madonna and Child and the stunning fresco ‘Journey of the Magi’, painted by Benozzo Gozzoli to decorate the family chapel. It depicts the biblical story in a Florentine setting, complete with ride-on parts for a number of the Medici family, patrons of the artist. You will also meet some of the earlier Medici, including the wonderfully named duo, Piero the Gouty and Piero the Unfortunate.