Notes on the Geography of Italy: Florence: Palaces: Photo 8
Brunelleschi's Pitti Palace, which began life as a cube at the center of the three-story block. Vasari says that even that original plan was rejected as too ostentatious by Cosimo de Medici. It was welcomed by Pitti, but--there's an architectural law in the making here--later generations found the space inadequate. The palace kept growing until 1819. A century later Victor Emmanual III had the good sense to find it too large. He gave it to the state.
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