Francesco Salviati’s Emblematic Imagery in the Sala dell’Udienza of Florence

Deborah H. Cibelli


From 1543 to 1548, Francesco Salviati painted the fresco cycle depicting the triumph of the ancient Roman hero Marcus Furius Camillus in the Sala dell’ Udienza of the Palazzo Vecchio as the civic palace of the Florentine Republic was being transformed into a ducal residence for Cosimo I and his family. This study will focus on the emblematic imagery found in the dado or basamento of the audience hall. It will examine the depictions of the river gods in terms of ideas circulating among Salviati’s friends and associates, such as Paolo Giovio, the writer who shared an interest in allegorical images and emblems.

Parole chiave

Sala dell’Udienza; Francesco Salviati; Paolo Giovio; fresco; symbolism

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