VEDUTA POSSONIE – BRATISLAVY V PALAZZO VECCHIO VO FLORENCII A JEJ UKRYTÝ PRÍBEH
Veduta of Possonia/Bratislava at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and its hidden story
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One of the oldest images of Bratislava can be found in the first courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence (Cortile di Michelozzo). The mural painting titled “Possonia” (today’s Bratislava) was part of the cycle representing the views of 17 cities of Habsburg monarchy, commissioned in 1565 by Cosimo de’Medici for the wedding between his son Francesco and Giovanna d’Austria, daughter of Ferdinand I of Habsburg. The cycle was executed by Sebastiano (Bastiano) Veronese, Giovanni Lombardi Veneziano, Cesare Baglioni Bolognese, and Turino di Piamonte. The Possonia mural painting in Florence was most likely inspired by this image, signed by Monogrammist “HM” and “MG” i.e. Leipzig-based painter and graphic artist Hans Mayr (Meyer), or Martin and Donat Hubschmann.
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