Fountains of Wine and Water and the Refashioning of Urban Space in the 1565 Entrata to Florence

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In 1565, the entrata of Johanna of Austria, bride-to-be of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici's heir, Francesco I, launched a flurry of activity in a city already undergoing changes driven by princely ambitions imposed on the features of an old Republic. For this important alliance between the Medici and the daughter of the late Habsburg emperor Ferdinand I, Cosimo wanted to pull out all the stops. Vincenzo Borghini devised grandiose ephemeral monuments to adorn the streets, replete with painstakingly-researched classical, historical, and religious subjects, together with substantial permanent structures, from colossal columns to the reception hall of the Salone dei Cinquecento, that were rushed to completion. (excerpt)


Originally published in Architectures of Festival in Early Modern Europe: Fashioning and Re-Fashioning Urban and Courtly Space, edited by J. R. Mulryne, Krista De Jonge, Pieter Martens, and R.L.M. Morris.

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