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 Anna Maria Luisa's portrait returned to Palazzo Vecchio, restored

Anna Maria Luisa's portrait returned to Palazzo Vecchio, restored

Portrait of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici

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The last Medici heir, she is known by Florentines today as the 'Sage Princess'. AWA's founder Jane Fortune describes the reasons behind the foundation's restoration of the Palazzo Vecchio portrait: "Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici has been at the forefront of my thoughts since February 2017 when a distant, modern-day branch of the Medici clan gifted her portrait commissioned in 1745 to Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. The heirless princess devised a 'Family Pact' making it unlawful to sell or remove any Medici property from Tuscany. Thus, it is thanks to Anna Maria Luisa that the city's art was not sold off piece by piece to support the indebted Austrians. It is to purely her credit that Florence has become the tourist destination it is today."

Quote originally published in 'The Sage Princess' by Jane Fortune, Timeless Travels Magazine, 2017.

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Her name, as good as gold
 

Anna Maria Luisa's name has gone down in Florence's history.