Author: Francesca Funis

Francesca Funis is a DeRoy Research Fellow at the Medici Archive Project. The text was edited by Mike Samuda .
March 6, 2008
ART + CULTURE

The 16-year-old widow and her boy husband

Betrothed at seven and married seven years later, Margaret of Habsburg, the illegitimate daughter of the Emperor Charles V, became a widow in 1537, at the tender age of 15. Her 27-year-old husband, Alessandro de’Medici the Duke of Florence, the illegitimate son of Giulio de’
October 31, 2007
ART + CULTURE

‘Mother’ of all wedding gifts

Archives provide new information about Vasari corridor.   In the spring of 1565, work commenced on the construction of an elevated urban footpath that linked the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti through the unfinished Uffizi in the centre of Florence. The order for this ambitious project had been issued