Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani, Four Continents, America (1723)
America, from the Four Continents by Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani (1723)

The Four Continents

Where
Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace)
Category

From

September 27, 2016


To

January 8, 2017

The Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery in Florence displays four tapestries from the series The Four Continents, designed by the painter Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani in the 1720s.

The tapestries are among the finest ones produced by the tapestry workshop of the Medici, signed by the most skilled weavers at the time, including Vittorio Demignot, who received his training in Flanders. The scenes are fantasy images of the continents, expressing the ideas of the time on the cultural identity and history of different parts of the world.

The works were very much appreciated at the time. They were used in 1739 to decorate the city of Florence for the triumphant entrance of the new Grand Duke of Tuscany, Francis I and his wife Maria Theresa, the future Empress.

Practical Information
please see Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace)

Related Museums

Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

Palazzo Vecchio

Category

Palazzo Vecchio was already the headquarters of the Florentine government in the days when Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were living and working in Florence, and it still houses the office of the mayor of Florence and is it the seat of the City Council. ... [read more]

Michelangelo, David (1504) at Accademia Gallery in Florence

Accademia Gallery

Category

The Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) was founded in 1784 together with the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti). The Gallery displayed the artworks that belonged to the Academy, which also served as study objects for the art students. The Academy and the Gallery ... [read more]

Uffizi Gallery in Florence with Palazzo Vecchio in the background

Uffizi Gallery

Category

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence (Galleria degli Uffizi) is part of a select group of museums in the world that should be on everyone’s list. Its collection of artworks is breath-taking and, having opened to the public in 1765, it is one of the oldest ... [read more]