5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Exhibition Highlights

Cross Section of Houses Belonging to the Gaddi Family of Florence

About 1560 Florence
Ink and wash on paper

This unusual cross-section shows the relationships between the interior spaces. Note the ‘salla’ on the right , the ‘camera’ on the left and the ‘cucina’ or kitchen in the attic. Architectural elements such as fireplaces, wall fountains and doorways are drawn in considerable detail. For example, a pair of firedogs holding the logs are present within each fireplace. The cross section, which was probably made when the houses were remodelled, is inscribed with many notes, including measurements and the names of the spaces inside.

Cross sections of this nature were quite rare in this period. They are extremely useful to scholars today as they provide valuable insights into the original layout of houses that have since changed dramatically. Plans, inventories of domestic possessions and account books of household expenditure also offer important information on the belongings of a household.

Cross Section of Houses Belonging to the Gaddi Family of Florence Enlarge

Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence

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