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Italy
Firenze
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Toscana

Piazza della Santissima Annunziata

Ferdinando I de' Medici

Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany

Firenze 1549 - Firenze 1609
Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1587 to 1609
(Wikipedia)
Giambologna & Pietro Tacca
1608

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Description

Bronze equestrian statue of Grandduke Ferdinand wearing armour emblazoned on the chest with the Cross of Santo Stefano, an equestrian Order established by Cosimo the elder.

The monument was commissioned by Cosimo II, son of Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, from an elder Giambologna, and was meant to be modeled on the similar Equestrian statue of Cosimo I that stands in the Piazza della Signoria.

This project was mainly completed by his pupil Pietro Tacca, and the statue was cast in 1602, It is said the statue was cast with cannons taken from the Turks by the Knights of Santo Stefano. It was inaugurated at the site in 1608 during the festivities celebrating the marriage of Prince Cosimo II with Maria Maddalena d'Austria. The base dates from 1640.

Inscription(s)

ferdinando
primo
magno
etrvriae
dvci
ferdinandvs
secvndvs
nepos
ann. sal.
mdcxl

To Ferdinand
the First
Grandduke
of
Tuskany
Ferdinand
the second
his grandson
in the year
1640

maiestate
tantvm

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Firenze - Ferdinando I de' Medici

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Locatie (N 43°46'34" - E 11°15'37")

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