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History – The statue of the Little Devil by Giambologna

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Have you ever noticed the little devil on the corner of Via degli Strozzi Via de’ Vecchietti? The statue by Giambologna commemorates a rather unusual event which happened nearby in 1245 – as Saint Peter Martyr was preaching to the crowds, the Devil appeared in the form of a black horse. In an attempt to disperse the audience, the horse charged around the square and the frightened people ran for their lives. Peter then raised his hand to make the sign of a cross, and supposedly the horse vanished into thin air…Although this is a replica, the original can be seen at the Bardini Museum, which is a fantastic lesser known museum I definitely recommend to visit!

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