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Francesco Salviati

Also known as Francesco de Rossi, Francesco Salviati (1510–1563) was an Italian Mannerist painter from Florence. He was active in Florence and Rome.

Che oggi chiamano Grottesche
The Green Room is the first in a series of rooms which Duke Cosimo I de' Medici decided to restructure when he moved into the Palazzo, between 1539 and 1540. It owes its name to the landscape paintings that once adorned its walls. Now lost, they have been replaced by a standard green hue, but the grotesque decoration in the vault, based on Classical models and remarkable for the presence of numerous parrots and other species of birds, has survived. The room is thought to have originally resembled a kind of trompe l'oeil loggia. The walls and vault were frescoed by Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio (1540-1542), the painter responsible for decorating the Chapel of the Priors in the Palazzo some thirty years earlier.

Eleonora's Study. The small room set into the long wall of the Green Room is thought have been used as a study, or writing room. Francesco Salviati decorated the ceiling with grotesque work and with small mythological scenes of Roman inspiration (circa 1545-1548), after he had finished decorating in fresco the walls of the Audience Chamber in the adjacent Apartments of the Priors.

Francesco Salviati, Grotesques, fresco, 1545-48
Eleonora's Study (Scrittoio di Eleonora)
Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Musei Civici Fiorentini
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