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  18. The 'Camerata dei Bardi' and Melodrama the 'Capriccio' and Mannerism  

Musically speaking, this is the period in which the "Camerata dei Bardi" is formed and melodrama is born; this period crowns a whole series of coherent musical events, which in Florence began with the Ars Nova at the end of the 13th century, to be greatly developed later on. Architecture, once again, at the end of the 16th and in the 17th Century, provides some examples of a refined moderate classical-baroque (by taking to extremes the results of Tuscan Mannerism, the "capriccio" of Buontalenti): Palazzo Dardinelli, by Santi di Tito, some architectural designs by Cigoli, also a painter, the S. Gaetano Church, which was commenced by Matteo Nigetti (1604) and completed by Gherardo Silvani, of a linear Classical-baroque inspiration. In the meantime Pietro Tacca designs his statues (following in the footsteps of Buontalenti): his two fountains in Piazza SS. Annunziata and the Bacchino fountain in Prato indicate the refined plastic elegance of his invention.


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