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Buontalenti’s Grotto

Grotta del Buontalenti (Grotta Grande)

Buontalenti’s Grotto lives on the boundary of the Boboli Gardens, on the northern side of Bacchus Square. It is a place like no other.

Buontalenti's Grotto - entrance
Buontalenti’s Grotto – entrance
Buontalenti’s Grotto – entrance
...and the other
Buontalenti’s Grotto – entrance

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Buontalenti's Grotto
Buontalenti’s Grotto

Extraordinary bas-relief creations cover the walls of the first chamber. Crafted by Pietro Mati, and inspired by the the myth of Deucalion and Pyrrha, these ethereal figures of man and sheep recreate the natural role of the grotto as a place of shelter for the shepherd and his flock.

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Buontalenti’s Grotto
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Buontalenti’s Grotto
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Buontalenti’s Grotto
Buontalenti's Grotto
Buontalenti’s Grotto
Buontalenti's Grotto
Buontalenti’s Grotto
Buontalenti's Grotto - Michelangelo's Prisoner
Buontalenti’s Grotto – Michelangelo’s Prisoner
Buontalenti's Grotto
Buontalenti’s Grotto
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Buontalenti’s Grotto

 

Buontalenti's Grotto - Bandinelli's Ceres
Buontalenti’s Grotto – Bandinelli’s Ceres
Buontalenti's Grotto
Buontalenti’s Grotto
Buontalenti's Grotto - Helen and Theseus
Buontalenti’s Grotto – Helen and Theseus
Vincenzo de Rossi's Helen and Theseus
Vincenzo de Rossi’s Helen and Theseus

 

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