The Gallery is housed in the ancient grand-ducal residence, leaning against the Boboli hill, of the Medici and Lorena families. The Grand-Duke's apartment was frescoed by Pietro da Cortona (around 1640), according to a complicated iconography, designed to glorify the reigning family. The work was dictated by Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane, creating the greatest Baroque cycle of Florence.
The Duchess's adjoining apartment was frescoed by Volterrano with allegories painted within very rich frames of white and golden stucco. The Grand-Prince Ferdinando de' Medici also placed his extraordinary collection of painting here; these include Renaissance altar-pieces from churches and convents.
The Palatine Gallery is the last, and most beautiful, of the princely picture-galleries. It includes extraordinary masterpieces by Raffaello, Tiziano, Andrea del Sarto and works of Flemish, French and English artists. The quality and particular arrangement of the works makes this collection unique.
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