500 years since Leonardo da Vinci's death
On May 2nd at Gondi Palace took place the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death.
The Corteo Storico (i.e.Historical Procession) of the Florentine Republic and Florentine Historical Football contributed to the cultural initiatives dedicated to the commemoration of Leonardo da Vinci. Together with the Municipality of Florence, the Ceremonial of Palazzo Vecchio, the Mayor's Office, the Department of Popular Traditions and the Rotary Club Florence they organized a commemorative moment on the day of Leonardo's death (2 May 1519). Fundamental contribution was given also by the Gondi family and Palace.
Laurel wreath was placed where Leonardo lived with his father and where later erected the corner of the present Palazzo Gondi. The inscription recalling this place is right at the entrance of the palace in Via dei Gondi. We opened our courtyard for the procession and memorial ceremony.
Leonardo da Vinci lived in a tower rented by his father Ser Piero for 30 fiorini a year, first from the Arte dei Mercatanti and then from the Gondi. The tower was later destroyed to expand via dei Gondi. In memory of this prestigious presence, an inscription of Cesare Guasti was placed in the entrance hall on Via de 'Gondi:
LEONARDO DA VINCI
LIVED HIS BLESSED YOUTH
IN A HOUSE OF ART OF THE MERCHANTS
THAT GIULIANO GONDI BOUGHT AND DEFEATED
IN WALLING OF THIS PALACE
REFINED IN MDCCCLXXIII,
TO WHICH TOWN COUNCIL AND LORD AGREED
THAT THE MEMORY OF SO MUCH NAME
TO NOBLE AND VAGUE BUILDING WOULD