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Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, 1909

Donald Shaw MacLaughlan
Canadian, American, 1876 - 1938
etching on laid paper
34.8 x 12.2 cm; plate: 33 x 10.7 cm
Gift of Herman A. Webster, Paris, 1960
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9145)

The tower of the Palazzo Vecchio looms over the claustrophobic confines of a narrow Florentine street in this (reversed) view. The palace, begun in 1299, was originally a meeting place for the heads of the guilds that governed Florence. Its tower was added in 1310.

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