Cameos and Carved Stones of the Medici in Florence

Held in the summer apartments of the Tuscan Grand Duke Ferdinand II in the Pitti Palace in Florence this outstanding temporary exhibition shows magnificent cameos and stones carvings on loan from several museums which are displayed along the permanent collection of vases belonged to Lorenzo de’ Medici, aka il Magnifico.

The most significant piece in the show, the Sigillo di Nerone (Seal of Nero), a cornelian that depicts Apollo and Marsyas, was purchased by Lorenzo de’ Medici himself and celebrated by the artists that gravitated around his court.

The exhibition, held in the Museo degli Argenti at Palazzo Pitti in Florence, will be showing from 25th March through 27th June, 2010.

Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci by Sandro Botticelli, Staedelsmuseum, Frankfurt am Main.

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