Monday, March 14, 2011

Heraldry in Florence, Part Twenty-One

As you may have noticed, a lot of the heraldry in public places in Florence can be monochromatic, being simply carved (generally in stone or sometimes wood) and left unpainted. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this general statement. So today we present for your viewing pleasure, some of the full-color renditions of coats of arms that we found as we walked the streets of Florence. (I’ve placed them in alphabetical order by surname.)

The first is a very modern-looking rendition of the arms of Buondelmonti: Per fess azure and argent.

Here’s another very simple coat of arms, Capponi: Per bend sable and argent.

A striking coat for Ferrucci: Bendy bretessy or and azure.

The argent portions of the field seem to me to be a bit more bleu-celeste in this depiction of the arms of Pitti: Barry nebuly argent and sable, charged at the honor point with a cross couped, in chief a label gules.

And finally, Viviani: Or three chevrons checky argent and azure.

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