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  Palatial Loggias  

Very few loggias were erected or rebuilt in the fifteenth century. The Medici loggia is perfectly inserted into the general design of the facade. The Rucellai loggia, opposite the palace, has round arches and, for the first time in a loggia, columns (Corinthian). Perhaps the Palagetto Alberti (later Corsi, then Horne) also had a corner loggia before it was remodeled by the Corsi. The patrician loggia gradually lost its function in the course of the century as festivals and ceremonies became more private in character. In the early sixteenth century the Medici had closed their loggia with Michelangelo's 'kneeling' windows. Gradually the medieval loggias scattered here and there in the medieval fabric of the urban center were also closed and then torn down when the area was demolished at the end of the nineteenth century.

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