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Giorgio Vasari Rooms of Penelope, Esther, Gualdrada, Sabines at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy

The four rooms called Penelope, Esther, Gualdrada and Sabines correspond to the apartments of Duchess Eleonore of Toledo, Cosimo I of Medici’s wife.

Giorgio Vasari, Ceiling of the room of Penelope at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy
Vasari, Room of Penelope
These rooms were decorated to celebrate the Duchess by taking the image of virtuous women of the past.

Penelope, the symbol of loyalty to her husband, is a model to follow for a mother and wife.

Gualdrada, the beautiful Florentine whose virtue is cited in Dante's “Divine Comedy”, is depicted refusing to kiss a man who is not her future husband. And yet this man is not just anyone since he is Emperor Otto IV!

Sabine Ersilia, with the help of her companions, avoids war between their Roman husbands and their Sabin fathers.

And finally, Esther asking mercy on the king, her husband, in favour of the Hebrews.

So many feminine virtues awarded to Duchess Eleonore of Toledo and praised in the paintings made here by Giorgio Vasari and Giovanni Stradano.

Giorgio Vasari, Ceiling of the room of Penelope at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy
Vasari, Room of Penelope
Giorgio Vasari, Penelope at the loom, Penelopoe Room at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Penelope at the loom
Giorgio Vasari, Penelope at the loom, Penelopoe Room at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Penelope at the loom
Giorgio Vasari, Penelope at the loom, Penelopoe Room at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Penelope at the loom
Giorgio Vasari, Penelope at the loom, Penelopoe Room at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Penelope at the loom
Giorgio Vasari, Room of Sabines at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Room of Sabines
Giorgio Vasari, The Sabines women make peace between their own people and the Romans, at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
The Sabines women
Giorgio Vasari, The Sabines women make peace between their own people and the Romans, at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
The Sabines women
Giorgio Vasari, The Sabines women make peace between their own people and the Romans, at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
The Sabines women
Giorgio Vasari, Gualdrada Room Ceiling, at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Gualdrada Room Ceiling
Giorgio Vasari, Gualdrada Room Ceiling, at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Gualdrada Room Ceiling
Giorgio Vasari, Esther Room Ceiling, at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Esther Room Ceiling
Giorgio Vasari, Esther Room Ceiling, at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Esther Room Ceiling
Giorgio Vasari, Esther begs King Ahasuerus to halt the massacre of the Jews, Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Esther begs Ahasuerus
Giorgio Vasari, Esther begs King Ahasuerus to halt the massacre of the Jews, Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Esther begs Ahasuerus
Giorgio Vasari, Esther begs King Ahasuerus to halt the massacre of the Jews, Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in Italy.
Esther begs Ahasuerus

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