GIAMBOLOGNA

The city of Florence welcomes you! In this visit we will take you through the Historic Centre following in the footsteps of sculptor Giambologna, who was one of the most important and refined sculptors in the sixteenth century. His works, his little and big marble or bronze sculptures won favour with some cultured and exigent clients like as the Medici Court.

To Giambologna is dedicated an artbook, that is easily downloadable and it is organized according to the same sections of this tour: history, itinerary, further insights, information. The artbook will give you full and exhaustive information about the flemish artist, so that all your curiosities about will be satisfied!

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The success and career of Jean de Boulogne are based on a precise historical moment in mid-16th-century Florence: the establishment of the Medici family as rulers, the birth of an artistic historiography with the glorification of Michelangelo, the relationship between artistic expression and the new criteria linked to the Council of Trent. Flemish sculptor Jean de Boulogne, who went on to become known as Giambologna at the Medici court, was able to bear all of these aspects in mind and to use them well to his advantage.

Apprenticed to the workshop of Flemish sculptor and architect Jacques Du Broeucq, Jean de Boulogne (Douai 1529 – Florence 1608) became enamoured of contemporary Italian art and its evident classical roots.

His ability to sculpt bodies in the old classical style but rich with a beauty apparently close to natural forms, his ability to invent splendid figures of naked women in seductive poses but academically innovative and true to life, his ability to create natural forms in his sculptures made Jean de Boulogne famous.

Arrived in Florence in 1552, he knew Bernardo Vecchietti, his first means of introduction to the Medici court, and he came in contact with Tribolo, Ammannati and Cellini.

In the setting of the Loggia della Signoria there is one of his possibly most famous masterpieces, the Rape of the Sabine Women, that consecrated his success as a sculptor. He created also refined small and big bronze sculptures dedicated to some mythological figures and to the Medici Family.

Latter works by Giambologna include the Equestrian Monument to Cosimo I from 1594, a work that changed the whole appearance of Piazza della Signoria, giving an unusual dignified air to the city of Florence.

ITINERARY

In this itinerary you will be guided wisely through some instruments at your disposal. Use the map for seeing the way and the numbered works that you will meet - clicking on the single numbers you will see the picture of the work and its short description.

Clicking on the audioguide sign you will access to a webpage, where you can download all audioguides available for every work. You can listen them in a comfortable way on your pc or on your smartphone, when and where you want. Through the gallery sign you can see in high resolution all pictures of the Giambologna's works. We sugget you to download the artbook about Giambologna, so that you can get ready to the walk or you can take it always with you throughout the itinerary.

Click on the picture and see the details concerning the Giambologna's works, that you can see in the city.


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FURTHER INSIGHTS

In this section, that anticipates or follows your itinerary following in the footsteps of Giambologna, you can find more detailed information and more exhaustive descriptions about all works of the flemish sculptor, synthetically described hitherto. You can find in the apposite artbook some further insights concerning the Giambologna's works and life. This artbook, that is easily downloadable, is organized according to the same sections of this way. In this artbook every work is carefully and minutely described, with a simple and refined language, that is fine for both neophytes art lovers and expert connoisseurs. Besides downloading the artbbok, if you didn't do it yet, we suggest you to visit the gallery, where you can see in high resolution the pictures of all Giambologna's works in Florence, and to download the audioguides, that take you step by step exploring this great artist and the places in the city, where his masterpieces are.

INFO

Here you find information about places, museums or churches where you can admire the described works. With a simple click you can see information about opening and closing days and hours, in order to organize your visit in the best way. The works, that are outside, are always admirable, because they are not subjected to any time ties.

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