Palazzo dell’Antella is a building with a beautiful frescoed façade in Piazza di Santa Croce, in Florence, the result of the unification of several houses belonging to the Ricoveri family.
The first significant expansion of the palace dates from the second half of the 16th century – the building was raised by a floor, including a mezzanine, and the wooden doors were replaced with stone ones, still visible today. The architect of the palace is thought to be someone from the circle of Baccio d’Agnolo.
In the early 17th century, the palace passed to Senator Niccolò dell’Antella, through the dowry of his wife Costanza del Barbigia. In 1619, dell’Antella commissioned the architect Giulio Parigi to give a unified design to the properties the senator bought in Piazza di Santa Croce.
To give a unified appearance to the adjacent buildings, he had the entire facade painted with frescoes. The paintings were made in just twenty days of work, between 1619 and 1620, by a team of thirteen young artists supervised by the painter Giovanni da San Giovanni.
Dell’Antella died out in 1698 and, later, the palace passed by inheritance to Dal Borgo, then to Lotteringhi della Stufa and to de’ Nobili. The building was purchased in 1925 by Delfino Cinelli, who had the paintings restored by Amedeo Benini.
The complex facade of the building is one of the most prominent elements of Piazza di Santa Croce. The wall decoration consists of paintings divided into numerous panels, inside which there are allegorical figures, cherubs, flowers, plant elements and arabesques. The windows are gradually closer to the left of the building, approaching the Church of Santa Croce, to give the illusion of grandeur.
HOW TO GET THERE
The closest bus station is Magliabechi, on Line C3, about 100 meters away from the palace. For the right direction, use the map below.