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Richa – Frontispiece
Richa – Portrait of Richa
Demidoff – Frontispiece
Demidoff – Portrait
Church of Santa Croce (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche… cit., vol. I)
Ponte di Rubaconte (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche… cit., vol. I)
Triumphal Arch of the Lorraine (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche… cit., vol. I)
View of Palazzo Vecchio (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche… cit., vol. II)
View of Piazza S. Maria Novella (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche… cit., vol.III)
Corsa de’ Barberi (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche… cit., vol. IV)
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche… cit., vol. VI)
Richa – View of Piazza San Marco (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche…cit., vol. VII)
Richa – Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova (from G. Richa, Notizie istoriche…cit., vol. VIII)
Demidoff – View of Florence (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Ponte Santa Trinita (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Piazza S. Trinita (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Ponte Vecchio (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Church of Santa Maria Novella (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Apse of the Church of Santa Croce (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Porta San Gallo (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Porta San Niccolò (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Piazza San Firenze and the palace called “Bargello” (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)
Demidoff – Palazzo Vecchio (from Anatoly Demidoff, La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, 1862)

New languages to communicate tradition: Vanished Florence

Images of the city in the 18th and 19th centuries, before it became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.

Introduction

On the occasion of the International Museum Day 2019 focused on "The future of tradition", the Uffizi Library offers its contribution by bringing two sources of exceptional interest to the attention of art enthusiasts. These document the image of the centre of Florence between the 18th and 19th centuries:  Notizie istoriche delle chiese fiorentine divise ne’ suoi quartieri by Father Giuseppe Richa, published in Florence in 10 volumes, from 1754 to 1762, and La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque, containing a collection of engravings of the most charming views of towns and cities in Tuscany, promoted and published at the expense of Anatoly Demidoff, Prince of San Donato and well-known benefactor of the city, in 1862. This was the period preceding a number of important urban development works carried out by architect Giuseppe Poggi, who transformed the image of the old city in just a few years, updating its still medieval style forever and turning it into the capital of the new Kingdom of Italy (1865-70).

In May 1865, the monument to Dante was inaugurated in Piazza Santa Croce, with an impressive ceremony attended by King Victor Emmanuel II. The event was of nationwide importance as it was the first celebration for the Kingdom of Italy, and it was held in Florence since it was chosen as the capital of the Kingdom just a few months earlier. It was the first time that Dante’s birth was celebrated. “La Nazione” (the main local newspaper) reported the event on the 14th of May: “Today in Florence, after six centuries, Italy is celebrating the birth of Dante Alighieri”. (Extract from P. Aranguren, Le feste per il Centenario (1865) della nascita di Dante in Firenze capitale, from “La Martinella”, 1965).

Bibliography: G. Richa, Notizie istoriche delle chiese fiorentine divise ne’ suoi quartieri, Firenze, nella stamperia di Gaetano Viviani, 1754-1762, 10 voll.; La Toscane. Album monumental et pittoresque exécuté sous la direction de M. le Prince Anatole Démidoff, dessiné d’après nature par André Durand, avec la collaboration d’Eugène Ciceri, Paris, Lemercier, 1862 (ristampa anastatica, Firenze, Cassa di Risparmio, 1973); G. Carocci, Firenze scomparsa, Firenze, 1897 (ristampa anastatica, Roma, Multigrafica, 1985); D. Tordi, Il padre Giuseppe Richa a San Giovannino e la stampa delle sue Notizie storiche sulle chiese fiorentine, estratto dagli “Atti della Società Colombaria”, Firenze, 1933; E. Pucci, Com’era Firenze 100 anni fa, Firenze Bonechi, 1969; P. Aranguren, Le feste per il Centenario (1865) della nascita di Dante in Firenze capitale, estratto da “La Martinella”, 1965; E. Detti, Firenze scomparsa, Firenze, Vallecchi, 1970”

Credits

Texts by Carla Basagni, Rino Cavasino, Francesco Marmorini, Daniela Nocentini, Silvia Tarchi, Rosario Ruggero Terrone.

Translations in English by Eurotrad snc; review by Giovanna Pecorilla.

Photographs by Roberto Palermo; editing by Lorenzo Cosentino and Patrizia Naldini.

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