Buontalenti grotta

50125 Florence, Italy

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The grotta is an artificial cave that was commissioned by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Francis I of Medici, initiated by Giorgio Vasari, started by Niccolò Tribolo before 1550, then continued by Bartolomeo Ammanati in 1570, and completed between 1583 and 1593 by the architect of the court of Tuscany, Bernardo Buontalenti. This cave is a masterpiece of Mannerist architecture and culture and represents a very singular mixture of architecture, painting and sculpture.

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