Il Palazzo de’ Medici Dulltown…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word cloying.

dscn4604It’s not in bad shape for a building of that period is it? See the lovely stone, those nice alternating pediments over the windows on the piano nobile, the elegant brackets and trigyphs below…
You see, back in the mid 15th c. Lorenzo de’ Medici (also known as ‘Lorenzo the Magnificent’, who was patron to Botticelli and Michelangelo) had just fallen out big time with Pope Sixtus IV, and decided to pop down to try to butter up King Ferdinand 1 of Naples and seek solace and help after the shock of his recent excommunication (1478) and the sneaky rotten Pope’s threat to take over the Florentine State, but unfortunately he put his foot in it rather badly, upset the king, and ended up in one of Ferdy’s jails.
Whilst sulking in the big-house he shared a cell, and made jolly good friends with a seafaring nobleman (a close relative of King Edward IV of England) who had been unlucky enough to be shipwrecked in the Mediterranean, did some swimming, was washed up, and subsequently arrested by the coastguards.
This nobleman, the Duke of Wincolmlee, suggested that if things went totally south for Larry he could move to a small, but welcoming town in the North of England where he himself lived and owned some land. As Wincolmlee was due to be released before Larry he said that he would take a gang of Florentine builders back to England with him on his salvaged and repaired ship to knock up a nice palazzo ready for when Larry came over to join him – and of course meet his good pal the current king.
Of course, as we all know, Lorenzo never actually turned up at Dulltown, but his palace still stands, waiting here for him this five hundred years…

No… I really can’t go on with this charade any more – it is a total fabrication…
No, not the building of course – that is real – it is part of the original 19th c. Victorian Dulltown Railway Station, it’s one of my favourite buildings of the city.
Still, my little deception was fun for a while wasn’t it? Lorenzo de’ Medici!… Ho ho!… Did you like the bits of ‘convincing’ detail?
The best way to present a lie is to wrap it up in a wad of truths which can be checked – as all politicians know… I’m sure Lorenzo the Magnificent would have approved…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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5 Responses to Il Palazzo de’ Medici Dulltown…

  1. Surprised there aren’t plastic windows in it.

  2. Dana Doran says:

    I believe you’ve provided me with the “food” I needed to re-write my artist’ biography….you know, kind of spice it up to catch the attention of some broker/dealer with plausible deniability….because, it’s not the actual art, is it? ha! All the while, I’m staring at this remarkable building of obvious age – through the window to the back of a computer monitor…

  3. Jheron Bash says:

    Well, I really loved your little deception fantasy! Surely though there really should have been a real Duke of Wincolmlee?

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