Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo

Basilica and Museum of the Treasure of San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo was the parish church and burial place of the Medici family, which held the patronage of the chancel, Old Sacristy and the adjacent Chapel of Saints Cosmas and Damian at that time. The church houses works of art testifying to the Medici’s patronage of Verrocchio, whose first commission, in c. 1460, involved completing the Lavabo (washbasin) in the small chamber to the left of the chancel in the Old Sacristy with panels and Medici devices. The protruding portion, possibly dating to the 1440s, is attributed to Donatello and his workshop, Antonio Rossellino or Desiderio da Settignano. The protruding portion, possibly dating to the 1440s, is attributed to Donatello and his workshop, Antonio Rossellino or Desiderio da Settignano, while Verrocchio is credited with producing the wall panelling and the Harpy on the right. This room, normally closed to the public, is open for the duration of the exhibition.

Before 1461 Verrocchio may have worked with Desiderio da Settignano on the Tabernacle, another Medici commission. After moving to different locations around the Basilica, the tabernacle may now be seen at the end of the south aisle.
The Tomb of Cosimo the Elder de’ Medici, who died in 1464, was commissioned from Verrocchio by Cosimo’s son Piero and is in two parts: the tomb proper (which can be seen in the Museo del Tesoro, entered from the cloister) lies within a pilaster in the undercroft beneath the crossing. The position of the tomb is indicated in the church before the high altar by three grates (the fourth, removed when the high altar was renovated in 1787, is on display in the undercroft) and by geometrical motifs in red porphyry, serpentine marble and white marble.

The Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de’ Medici is known both as the “tomb of the Cosmiads”, i.e. Cosimo’s sons Piero and Giovanni, and as the patri patruoque tomb from the inscription telling us that it was dedicated by Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano to their father and uncle. It was commissioned from Verrocchio after Piero’s death in 1469 and completed in 1472.

Basilica di San Lorenzo e Museo del Tesoro Euro 4,50 for Palazzo Strozzi ticket holders Mostra Palazzo Strozzi 10,00 for Basilica di San Lorenzo and Museo del Tesoro ticket holders.

Basilica and Museum of the Treasure of San Lorenzo
Piazza San Lorenzo
tel. +39 055 214042 operamedicealaurenziana.org

The challenge facing the Fondazione from the outset has been to bring international quality exhibition and cultural events to Florence and Tuscany.

On the palazzo’s Piano Nobile and in the Strozzina area the Fondazione organises art exhibitions ranging from the art of the ancient world via the Renaissance to the modern and contemporary era.

From: 09 March 2019
To: 14 July 2019


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