Pitti Palace, Royal Residence, Florence, Italy


This photochrome print of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites in Italy” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Situated on the south side of the Arno River, the palace was designed by the Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1466) around 1458, for Luca Pitti (1398-1472), a friend and servant of the Medici family. The palace was still unfinished when Pitti died. In 1550, nearly 80 years after Pitti's death, Eleonora de Toledo, the wife of Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, bought the palace; it became the official royal residence, replacing the Palazzo Vecchio, during the reign of Eleonora’s son, Ferdinando I. The palace underwent numerous renovations between the mid-16th century and 17th century, which were undertaken chiefly by the architects Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511–92), Giulio Parigi (1571–1635), and Alfonso Parigi (1606–56). Among the attractions at the palace are museums and galleries, including the Palatine Gallery within the Boboli Gardens and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan


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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
  • Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J--foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905.
  • Print no. "8566".

Last updated: February 3, 2016