The 4 Seasons sculptures on Ponte Santa Trinita, Firenze, will get a cleaning

The iconic statues of the 4 seasons on the Ponte Santa Trinita are going to get cleaned up soon.  Florence has announced (http://www.theflorentine.net/news/2018/07/ponte-santa-trinita-statues-cleaning/) that the sculptures need some TLC.

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Interestingly, these 4 statues (only 2 of the 4 are in my pictures above) were sculpted to celebrate the marriage between Cosimo II de’ Medici and Maria Maddalena of Austria in 1608.

Even more interestingly, they were originally intended to be placed in niches or against a wall in the giardino of Villa Corsini al Prato in Florence.  They were not designed to be seen in the round, but in the round they have always been on the bridge.

The following artists were commissioned to create: Primavera by Pietro Francavilla; L’estate e L’autunno by Giovanni Caccini; and L’inverno by Taddeo Landini.

On the night between 3 and 4 of August 1944, the bridge was destroyed by retreating German troops on the advance of the British 8th Army. A Bailey bridge was built for temporary use by the Royal engineers.

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The Renaissance replica bridge was constructed in 1958 with original stones raised from the Arno or taken from the same quarry, under the direction of architect Riccardo Gizdulich and engineer Emilio Brizzi.

Miraculously, the statues were more or less intact and returned to the replacement bridge upon its completion.  Only the head of Primavera was missing. The missing head  was recovered from the bed of the Arno in October 1961 and added to the sculpture we see today.

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The cleaning, which will involve the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, will include ridding the statues of the layers of soot that has settled on them over the years and treating the works with a waterproof layer to protect them from further damage by atmospheric agents.

 

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U.S. soldiers after 1966 Florence flood

 

Florence flood of November 4, 1966: US soldiers distribute food to citizens, Piazza della Signoria

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Florence flood of November 4, 1966: US soldiers distribute food to citizens, Piazza della Signoria

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Salvatore Ferragamo in Fratelli Alinari photographic archives

Two ultra stylish travellers prepare for their flight wearing (on the left), a wool and mohair coat and (right) a raincoat both by Aquascutum.  The hats are by Jenny Fischer and the bags by Salvatore Ferragamo.       Date: 1959

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Two ultra stylish travellers prepare for their flight wearing (on the left), a wool and mohair coat and (right) a raincoat both by Aquascutum. The hats are by Jenny Fischer and the bags by Salvatore Ferragamo. Date: 1959

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Salvatore Ferragamo visiting the United States

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Salvatore Ferragamo visiting the United States

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Craftsmen at work in the studio of footwear designer and manufacturer Ferragamo in Palazzo Feroni, Florence.

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Craftsmen at work in the studio of footwear designer and manufacturer Ferragamo in Palazzo Feroni, Florence.

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Shapes for Ferragamo shoes

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Shapes for Ferragamo shoes

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Ferragamo testing a pair of shoes on a model

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Ferragamo testing a pair of shoes on a model

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Grace Kelly, a selection

Grace Kelly (1928-1982), American actressPrincess of Monaco for his marriage to Rainier III,

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Grace Kelly (1928-1982), American actressPrincess of Monaco for his marriage to Rainier III,

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Cheek to cheek. Oscar and beautiful Grace Kelly.She won the academy award for Best Actress in 1954 for her role in "The Country Girl"1955, Personalities, Grace Kelly

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Cheek to cheek. Oscar and beautiful Grace Kelly.She won the academy award for Best Actress in 1954 for her role in “The Country Girl”1955, Personalities, Grace Kelly

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Grace Kelly on the day of her marriage to Ranieri of Monaco

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Grace Kelly on the day of her marriage to Ranieri of Monaco

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Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) with Grace Kelly in "High Society", 1956

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Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) with Grace Kelly in “High Society”, 1956

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Prince Rainier of Monaca and Grace Kelly at the airport.

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Prince Rainier of Monaca and Grace Kelly at the airport.

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Grace Kelly and Prince Ranieri III in Rome: Crowd in Via del Corso awaiting the arrival of Monaco princes. In the background, the Alinari store

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Grace Kelly and Prince Ranieri III in Rome: Crowd in Via del Corso awaiting the arrival of Monaco princes. In the background, the Alinari store

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Prince Rainer of Monaco with Princess Grace 1956

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Prince Rainer of Monaco with Princess Grace 1956

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Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly 1929-1982) with Prince Ranieri (Ranieri III 1923-2005) visiting the Capitol in Rome

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Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly 1929-1982) with Prince Ranieri (Ranieri III 1923-2005) visiting the Capitol in Rome

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Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly 1929-1982) visiting the Capitol in Rome

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Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly 1929-1982) visiting the Capitol in Rome

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Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly 1929-1982) visiting the Capitol in Rome

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Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly 1929-1982) visiting the Capitol in Rome

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To Catch a Thief, 1955, Alfred Hitckock, Grace Kelly, Carry Grant, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, USA

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To Catch a Thief, 1955, Alfred Hitckock, Grace Kelly, Carry Grant, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, USA

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Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, grand masquerade ball, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice, 1966

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Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, grand masquerade ball, Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice, 1966

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Grace Kelly attending a masquerade party in Ca' Rezzonico, Venice

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Grace Kelly attending a masquerade party in Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice

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Grace Kelly attending a masquerade party in Ca' Rezzonico, Venice

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Grace Kelly attending a masquerade party in Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice

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Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly (1929-1982), reads the story of the Nativity for Yorkshire Television

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Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly (1929-1982), reads the story of the Nativity for Yorkshire Television

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