The Strozzi Palace is one of the best and largest examples of Renaissance architecture in Florence. In fact, it is one of the largest palaces in the capital of Tuscany, since it was built by one of the richest figures of the 15th century.
It was the merchant Filippo Strozzi, who, like other rich men of his time, ordered the construction of monumental residences, which in turn competed with each other to be the largest and the most beautiful. A fight that was somehow an extension of the one they had in their businesses.
Florence Strozzi Palace
The fact is that Filippo Strozzi was one of the most powerful and therefore chose a large plot to build his family palace. And the project for the work was commissioned in 1489 to the architect Benedetto da Maiano, of course also a Florentine. He designed the ostentatious building, of enormous size but at the same time he knew how to imbue it with the harmony of proportions and beauty characteristic of Renaissance art.
A work that at the same time conveys the sensation of a palace and that of an impregnable fortress. A building where numerous elements inherited from Antiquity can be distinguished, but passed through the sieve of the time.
However, he did not get to see it built, because he died before completing the commission. So Simone del Pollaiuolo was the one who continued with the works,and also added the large cornice of the highest part of the building of clear classical inspiration. Just as the design of the internal patio that articulates the whole complex changed inside.
If we look at the façade as a whole, we can see that it is organized into three floors, each with its own openings. Twin semicircular arches on the two upper floors, and a large gate on the ground floor flanked by lintel windows.
All these openings give rhythm and harmony to a façade dominated entirely by stone. Of course, these stones are presented to us in a different way, since the size of the ashlars and their padding decreases as you gain height.
Not forgetting that the old wrought iron elements that were part of the constructions of that time can be appreciated. Elements that served to hold the torches, also to support the heraldic banners and large rings to tie the cavalry.
In short, it is one of the best Renaissance palaces in Florence, and with which the evolution of this type of civil architecture, begun by the Rucellai Palace, culminates or the Medici-Ricardi. That is why it should not surprise us that today its interior has become the headquarters of the Italian Institute of Renaissance Studies.