giraffa

Portrait of Lorenzo the Magnificent

what the giraffa It is one of the most colorful episodes from the family Medici (I've mentioned here https://www.pilloledistoria.it/8312/storia-moderna/gli-strani-animali-da-compagnia-di-alcuni-personaggi-storici).

The animal was brought as a gift to Florence by the Sultan of Egypt Mohamed ibn Mahfuz in 1487, provoking curiosity and amazement among citizens.

Among its many virtues, Lorenzo the Magnificent He could also boast a strong environmental awareness and an innate love for animals, So no wonder the concern that he showed immediately to ensure the beautiful specimen, then called camelopardo, wellness and longevity (you see https://www.pilloledistoria.it/9148/storia-moderna/lanimo-ambientalista-lorenzo-magnifico).

For this, the great patron ordered the construction of special barns in his estate of Poggio a Caiano, but despite the assiduous and loving care, the giraffe died after a short time.

A sufficient period to remain in History even assuming legendary connotations, thanks to Art: the exotic animal was portrayed in many paintings and frescoes in which we can still admire (to learn more https://curiositasufirenze.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/dipinti-sulla-giraffa-di-lorenzo-il-magnifico/) (Photo gives: taccuinistorici.it).