17 Works, November 26th. is Giuseppe Bezzuolis day, his art, illustrated with footnotes #242

Giuseppe Bezzuoli (Firenze 1784 – 1855)
Entry of Charles VIII into Florence, c. 1829

Oil on canvas
390 x 596 cm
Pitti Palace

The painting depicts a scene from Florentine history. On the 17th of November 1494, following his conquest of the Kingdom of Naples, King of France Charles VIII made his entrance into Florence as ruler. Because of his isolation and lack of allies, Piero de’ Medici, the son of Lorenzo the Magnificent who ruled the city at the time, did not send an army to stop the invasion, thus fuelling the resentment of the Florentine people who finally forced him into exile…

Giuseppe Bezzuoli (28 November 1784–13 September 1855) was an Italian painter of the Neoclassic period, active in Milan, Rome, and his native city of Florence.

He studied as a young man under Jean-Baptiste Desmarais at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, and afterward spent some time at Rome between 1813 and 1820. He became a candidate to the professorship of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence after Pietro Benvenuti’s death in 1844…

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