FLORENCE.- The Juno Terrace, adjacent to the Rooms of the Elements (Quartiere degli Elementi) in the Palazzo Vecchio Museum, has been restored and reunited with Andrea del Verrocchio’s Putto with a Dolphin. Both the Terrace and Putto were restored thanks to funding from the Friends of Florence Foundation. The Putto was featured in the 2019 exhibition Verrocchio: Master of Leonardo presented at Palazzo Strozzi and, titled Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
Following restoration costing approximately 60,000 euros, the Putto and Terrace were unveiled last week in Palazzo Vecchio during a ceremony attended by Tommaso Sacchi, municipal commissioner for cultural affairs; Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda, president of the Friends of Florence Foundation; and restorers and experts who participated in the project.
“We are proud,” said Tommaso Sacchi, “that Andrea del Verrocchio’s Putto with a Dolphin, an icon of Palazzo Vecchio ever since Cosimo I de’ Medici had it placed on the fountain in the center of the Michelozzo Courtyard, has finally returned to its original home after having been beautifully restored. We wish to thank the Friends of Florence and the Foundation’s president, Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda for their sensitivity to our cultural heritage. We are honored to have her at our side in caring for our historic monuments and artistic assets.”