Virtually explore the Palazzo Pitti with Smarthistory as your guide
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Artemisia Gentileschi, Conversion of the Magdalene
Gentileschi's Mary Magdalene chooses between a spiritual and worldly path.
Portraits and fashion: Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of a Young Woman
Although the figure in this portrait lacks jewels and brocades, likenesses such as this offer insight into upper-class women’s daily lived experience.
Titian, two portraits of Pietro Aretino
Two portraits capture the ambition and impudence of Titian's close friend and publicist.
Peter Paul Rubens, The Consequences of War
This energetic painting captures the horror of war, from its overwhelming hopelessness to its cultural costs.