Sala dei gigli, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze, Toscana (Lilies Hall, Old Palace, Florence, Tuscany), Italy
The hall was designed in the 1400s to be frescoed with portraits of distinguished Florentine men, examples of civic virtues.
Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Perugino, Biagio d’Antonio, Piero del Pollaiolo
were commissioned to paint the hall by the Lord of Firenze/Florence, Lorenzo de’ Medici (aka Lorenzo the Magnificent), but the only artist to carry out part of the work was Ghirlandaio
“garland-maker”, Domenico Bigordi’s nickname; he was so called because his father was a creator of metallic headdresses for Florentine women.
The rest of the hall was decorated with French lilies, to honor France, protector of the Florentine state.
The hall is located in the Palazzo vecchio (Old Palace), still seat of the Mayor of Firenze/Florence.
Ruin marble is a mix of limestone,
iron oxides, and other minerals that
co-mingle and randomly form
shapes that look like crumbling
skylines and the ruins of dead cities.
The geological conditions needed
to create these forms are rare, so most
ruin marble is about 50 million years old
and is mainly found near Florence, Italy. Source