Keeping a head of art in Florence

8601 top-grade diamonds, totaling 11006.18 karats including one veritable rock, a platinum to-scale skull, and real teeth from the 7th century. Strange ingredients, indeed.

Damien Hirst, 'For the love of God' at the Pitti Palace, Florence

‘Per l’amor di Dio’ (‘For the love of God’) is the title of this strange marvel, currently on display at the Palazzo Vecchio until May 1st, 2010. Valued at a 100 million dollars, you couldn’t quite say this is a priceless work of art!

The artist is Damien Hirst, hailing from Bristol in the UK. Making done with any romantic notions of obscure starving artist, he is the top dog in the Young British Artist scene, and said to worth some 215 million pounds.

Palazzo Vecchio is the Florentine town hall. Planning and construction of the Pitti Palace began in the last year of the 13th century. It became known as the Palazzo Vecchio (‘Old palace’) when the Medici family moved their residence from this building to the Pitti Palace, and made the Uffizi the official government buildings. At one point in 1435, Cosimo de’ Medici the Elder was actually imprisoned in the Palazzo Vecchio bell tower (the Torre d’Arnolfo).

Today, the Palazzo Vecchio is mostly utilised as a museum, although the Mayor of Florence and the City Council have maintained office in this building since the late 1800s. It is also a popular place to be married for those opting for a civil service, which takes place in the famous ‘Red Hall’ ? you can guess for yourselves why it bears this name.

The Palazzo Vecchio houses some of Florence’s most famous and valuable works of art and interior design, particularly in its Salone dei Cinquecento.

Artists who have brushed the walls include Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Giorgio Vasari. Andrea del Sarto’s works were also turned into tapestries that hang on the walls.

Damien Hirst and his work, 'For the love of God' which is on display at the Pitti Palace, Florence

If you’d like a guide to accompany you to the Pitti Palace, or any other location in Florence, we can arrange a private guided tour of Florence’s city centre. For a private tour focusing on the masterpieces of the Renaissance, we can do that too. Of course, we also have an Uffizi Gallery private tour, and small-group skip-the-line tours of the Uffizi gallery. If you’re interest in masterpieces extends beyond Florence, we also have Vatican museum private guided tours, and small-group tours of the Vatican and St Peter’s too. For more information, you can email or peruse our complete range of tours in Italy.


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