Old wine vending window, Florence by Ieiris202

Little Wine Windows around Florence

Have you ever noticed those small little windows indented into the walls of the old palazzi in Florence? Miniature copies of their full size counterparts, the main entrances to each palazzo, are made of solid wood, are sometimes decorated with carvings or iron studs, and even have their own little knocker.
Known as bucchette del vino, they come complete with jambs and Romanesque or Gothic style arches hewn in the local stone.

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Botticini’s Palmieri Altarpiece and the exhibit at London’s National Gallery

Botticini‘s vast altarpiece “Assumption of the Virgin” is a painting undertaken in tempera on a wood panel by the Early Renaissance Italian painter Francesco Botticini. It was originally installed in the church of San Pier Maggiore in Florence in 1477. The altarpiece remained there until 1784, when the church was demolished. It was then purchased by the National Gallery in the 1880s, but hasn’t been put on display for many years. During the past months, it has been the subject of the exhibition “Visions of Paradise: Botticini’s Palmieri Altarpiece” at London’s National Gallery

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