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Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria
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As I stood in the Piazza della Signioria in Florence I was bursting to share my secret. Among the thousands of tourists admiring the Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggio de Lanzi, the Neptune Fountain and the copy of the David I wondered how many were aware of a small caricature that the famous artist Michelangelo carved into the wall of the Palazzo Vecchio. Located immediately to the right of the main entrance near the corner of the Ufizzi, this unmarked and unprotected profile has several stories attached to its creation. It has been said that Michelangelo carved it behind his back as a dare (not to mention a demonstration of his talent). Others say it is the likeness of a notorious bore who regularly dominated the artists time. Still others say Michelangelo immortalized a man who was executed in the piazza. The truth may never be known, but to simply know of the existence of this unique Rennaissace grafitti is exciting enough for me!