We have the pleasure to show you a rare example of profane art in a medieval public building brought to light after five hundred years...

The fine restoration of the Guild has recreated an emblamatic location from 14th century Florence. These frescoes were intended to highlight the autonomy and greatness of Florence by portraying the genius of its humanists and poets, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch. And the first of these is Dante.

In the centre of the valuted ceiling is a magnificent circular representation of medieval Florence surrounded by its walls, the Arno river and the crests of the commune of Florence, the fleurs-de-lis, the Guelph eagle and the cross. The recently restored 14th century premises of the Guild of Judges and Notaries in the heart of Florence, offer a unique experience in Florentine art and archeology, dating from the Roman epoca until early Renaissance.

This major cycle of frescoes promoting the ideas of Coluccio Salutati, Florentine Chancellor and celebrated Humanist, was part of a cultural programme to demonstrate that the new Res Publica on the Arno river had surpassed the old one on the banks of the Tiber in Rome.

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