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Allegory of Water-Birth of Venus-Vasari_GherardiAllegory of Water – Birth of Venus (Giorgio Vasari and Cristofano Gherardi)

The Apartments of the Elements, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

The Apartment of the Elements consists of five rooms that were the private quarters of Cosimo I. The walls contain allegorical frescoes depicting Fire, Water, Earth and (on the ceiling) Saturn.

This is the suite of rooms that were used by Cosimo I de’ Medici and his wife Eleanor of Toledo while they lived at Palazzo Vecchio. They are ornately decorated in grand Renaissance style. Giorgio Vasari took over the decoration of these rooms upon the death of Battista del Tasso. This was his first commission for the Medici, beginning a long and very profitable relationship.

Allegory of Earth-Fruits of Earth Offered to Saturn-CristofanoGherardiAllegory of Earth – Fruits of Earth Offered to Saturn (Cristofano Gherardi)

Allegory of Fire-Vulcans Forge-CristofanoGherardiAllegory of Fire – Vulcans Forge (Cristofano Gherardi)

The_Mutiliation_of_Uranus_by_SaturnThe Mutiliation of Uranus by Saturn (Giorgio Vasari and Cristofano Gherardi)

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