Hotel Mona Lisa, 4* Florence
His portrait, together with those other four former owners of the Palace, is
placed in front of the Bar-Desk.
After many changes of property during the centuries, the Palace was bought by the present owners, the Ciardì Duprè Family...Its personal collection of antiques and original oils decorates many of the salons and bedrooms. Unfortunately other original furnishings were lost in the 4th november 1966 flood (the water reached a height of two meters).
In 1956 the building was, in part, transformed in Hotel, but these works were done gradually in order to avoid spoiling the original ancient atmosphere. The floors are original “cotto fiorentino” and are of the 1500’s, as are the wooden ceilings in the stitting-rooms and some of the bed-rooms which are of the same period. The big painting in the sitting room near the staircase represent the “Golden Rain” (that’s the sirfting of the wheat through sieves, wich is an old Sardinian method). It was painted by Gaetano Spinelli in 1929 and acquired by the Ciardi Duprè Family in the early 40s. Facing the “Golden Rain” there is the statuette “Rape of the Sabines” by Giambologna.
That is the rough-marble that won the competition for
the awarding of making the sculpture, now placed in Piazza della Signoria in
Florence, under the “Orcagna Lodge”. The ceiling of loggia of the Palace was
painted by Bernardino Poccetti Barbatelli and has not been restored. This artist
was born in Florence in 1542 and died in 1612. It is not documented, but it is
almost certain that he lived in this house. His work here is widely documented
as other important frescoes that are in S. Maria Novella, in San Marco and in
S.S. Annunziata Cloisters, as well as the entrance vault of the “Spedale degli
Innocenti” that was his last work (1612, the year of his death). The sculptures
that we can see in the Hotel are all by the neo-classic sculptor Giovanni Duprè
(Siena 1817 = Florence 1882).
The Owners Family is related to this artist. His major works are: “The dying Abele”, 1842. (The original statue is in San Pietroburgo (Russia) and a bronze copy is in Florence at the Accademia d’Arte Moderna.). “Caino” 1843. “The Innocence” 1848, ordered by the Emperor Nicolas of Russia, wich is at the Saffo art Gallery in Rome.
Other important and successful works are the monument to the Duke of Wellington in london, the Pietà, funeral marble monument for the Siena Cemetery, a statue to Cavour in Torino, the “Giotto” at the Uffizzi, the “Triumph of the Holy Cross and the Virgin in Sorrow” wich is placed in the church of Santa Croce in Florence. Giovanni Duprè has also an important place in the Italian literature for his writing of educational value: “The autobiographic memoirs” and “Troughts of Art” with other minor writings. In the quiet and warm 17th century courtyard we can find the “Orcio” wich is of the 1500, as well as the glass doors from the Breakfast room to the Garden... The bar desk is an ancient confessional of 1500. as is the desk near the staircase and some armchairs and chairs are of the 1400.
American Bar – Garden – Gym Room
– Solarium – Internet Point – Parking* - No-Smoking rooms – Rooms for
handicapped guests – Safe – Multilanguage speaking staff – 24 hour concierge
– Free daily newspaper – Laundry – Baby sitting * - Doctor * - Rental car
with or without driver – Ticket reservations for rail, theatres, excursions
and museums on request.
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