Euro News: Art Meets Fashion

Behind the racks at MaxMara's new Florence boutique, 16th century frescoes are uncovered

High-end luxury stores like Gucci and Ferragamo line Florence's ritzy Via Tornabuoni, but one addition boasts more than the latest spring fashions. Renovations for the new MaxMara boutique, housed in the 15th century Palazzo Corsi, uncovered a series of elaborate frescoes dating to the 1590s. They are believed to be the creation of well-known 16th century artist Agostino Ciampelli, who worked for the powerful Medici family. MaxMara has also maintained decorations from the 19th century as well as the original bookshelves from the famous bookstore that had occupied the building for more than 100 years.

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