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Strozzi Palace

1489

July 10

on Wednesday

They began to bring gravel to make the foundations of the Palagio of Filippo Strozzi, on the side of the Canto de' Tornaquinci, which was begun first on this side.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

1489

July 16

on Tuesday

6 days later

They began to dig the foundations on this side, and took about 10 braccia(1) off the Piazza.(2).

(1) A braccio was about 23 inches, so 10 braccia was about 19 feet (5.84 metres). (Trans.)

(2) The Piazza de' Tornaquinci; the Strozzi had permission from the Republic and from the consertia (assembly) of this family to occupy a portion of it. These records relating to the building of the palace are much more copious than those written by its founder and published in the appendix to the Vita di Filippo Strozzi (Firenzi, 1851). To show their exactitude they can be compared with those left us by Tribaldo de' Rossi in his Ricordanze.

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The moon was waning gibbous that night.

1489

August 6

on Tuesday

21 days later

They began to fill in the foundations, at 10 in the morning (6 a.m.), here and there; and Filippo Strozzi was the first who began to throw down the gravel and chalk, on this side, together with certain medals.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

1490

May 18

on Sunday

9 months, 15 days later

On the Palagio degli Strozzi they now placed the first cornice, below the bozzi rough projecting stones), at the Canto de' Tornaquinci, always beginning at this corner before the others.

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The moon was a new moon that night.

1490

June 11

on Wednesday

24 days later

They placed the first bozzo (rough block of stone) on the said palagio.

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The moon was in the last quarter that night.

1490

June 27

on Friday

16 days later

I, Luca Landucci, opened my new shop, here opposite the said palagio of the Strozzi, and I chose the sign of the Stelle (Stars). The old shop at the other corner, which I left, belongs to the Rucellai, whist this one belongs to the Popoleschi.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

1490

October 19

on Sunday

3 months, 24 days later

The bronze dragon was placed on the Palazzo Strozzi.(1)

(1) To understand and correct where necessary these notices, it will perhaps be a help to refer to the above-mentioned Tribaldo de' Rossi: "20th October, 1490, I record that at the palace which Filippo Strozzi is having built, the builders put up the campanella at the corner which is opposite the Loggia de' Tornaquinci, that is to say - the campanella del Serpente ...."

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.

1491

May 15

on Friday

6 months, 28 days later

That Filippo who was building the abovementioned palace died; and he did not see it carried up even as far as the lanterns. He only saw it carried up to the campanelle.(1) One sees how vain are the hopes of transitory things! It appears as if we were master of them, but in reality it is the other way about; they are master of us.

This palace will last almost eternally: has not this palace mastered him then? And how many others! We are not masters, but only dispensers, in so far as it pleases the goodness of God. All lies in God's hands, and happens as is meet for His universe. Therefore I pray that God may pardon Filippo Strozzi his sins.

(1) Campanelle are the large iron rings on the walls of palaces to which horses and other beasts of burden were attached, and which often had sockets above, intended for flags, those at the corners being specially ornamented. (Trans.)

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.

1491

September 7

on Monday

3 months, 25 days later

They finished making the arch of the gate of this palace, on this side, tra' Ferravecchi.(1)

(1) The Via tra' Ferravecchi was the old name of the street name called Via Strozzi. (Trans.)

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.

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Source: Primary

Luca Landucci; "A Florentine Diary"; p. 52

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1492

April 1

on Friday

6 months, 27 days later

The front of the Palagio degli Strozzi was begun.

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.

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