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

The Four Continents

Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace)


September 27, 2016


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.

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