Santa Croce, part 2, June 2020

Following the recent reopening of this Fransciscan basilica this week, I continue (see Part 1 here) with my  visit of the church following the quarantine.

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Below is a plan of the church.  My tour is coming from West to East along the north side of the basilica.

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Below,  I pick up my tour from the almost at the crossing. The first work on this tour today is Desiderio da Settignano’s tomb for Carlo Marsuppini. Santa Croce is rich in artworks and this is one of the best. Try as I might, these pictures do not do the tomb justice.

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Moving on to the next tomb on this side aisle, we have the monument to Raffaello Morghen, by Odoardo Fantacchiotti (1809-1877). Morghen was a celebrated engraver of Leonardo’s Last Supper in Pinacoteca Repossi. Morghen died in Florence in 1833.

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Next is a plaque honoring Raphael.  It commemorates the 500th anniversary of his death.  His tomb in in the Pantheon in Rome.

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There is more to come.  Watch this space.

Museum of the Florence cathedral, part 3

The extraordinary riches in this museum require many posts!  Here is part 3 of my recent visit.

 

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The next 2 labels deal with the custom of collecting relics some of the ones preserved in Florence:

 

 

Now on to the amazing bell tower in the duomo complex.

 

 

 

 

 

For more of these relief sculptures that form the program on the bell tower, see my earlier post:https://laurettadimmick.com/2020/05/25/charmed-by-the-late-medieval-carvings-at-the-museo-dellopera-di-duomo-firenze/

 

 

Santa Croce, the Franciscan church of the Holy Cross in Florence

Another famous landmark opened in Florence this week and you can bet I was one one the first people through the door.  And, I have another visit planned for this coming weekend.

Let’s just start an overview of the many works of wonder in this magnificent site.

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First of all, check out the city square without the usual mob of tourists. It’s kind of amazing.  I love it this way.

 

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I begin my pictorial tour at the west wall of the church, the wall on which the main doors to the church are located.

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I’ll end part 1 with a view of this to me very funny poster announcing the secular fraternity of Fransciscans.  I love how St. Francis is meeting Christ mid-air.

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The Florence cathedral’s art museum

More artworks from my continuing visits of the art museum last week.  First up, some Roman art that was to be found in Florence during the Renaissance.  Always a source and inspiration for new artists.

 

 

 

 

Michelangelo’s late Pieta is now undergoing restoration in the museum:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Medieval paintings in the museum:

San Zanobi:

 

3 of Florence’s special saints: Reparata, San Zanobi, and St. John the Baptist:

 

 

One of Donatello’s masterpieces: the Mary Magdalene:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 2nd visit to the Duomo’s art museum

There is a lot to absorb in this incredibly rich museum and I decided to take it in chunks this week.  After two great visits, I still need to go back to take in more.  Soon.

An elegant, Gothic period, sculptural pas de deux of The Annunciation. It has always been my favorite episode represented in Christian art.

 

 

 

The museum has ingeniously set up the famous bronze doors of the Baptistery so that both the front and back sides can be viewed.

 

 

Entering the room that sets up the original, 15th century appearance of the duomo’s facade. Such an impressive feat for a museum.

 

 

 

Great museum labeling provides context.  Below, it is explained how the area between the baptistery and the facade of a church was traditionally called a “paradise.” Therefore, Ghiberti’s “Doors of Paradise” so-named by Michelangelo, can be understood in situ.

 

Below, Pope Boniface VIII by Arnolfo di Cambio, the duomo’s architect.

 

 

 

A reconstruction of the facade:

 

A plan of the facade:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, the second set of doors, for the north side of the Baptistery by Ghiberti:

 

 

 

Above and below, the Annunciation by Ghiberti:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti:

 

 

 

Above you see Ghiberti’s self-portrait in the bust that extend:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The doors by Andrea Pisano for south side of the Baptistery.  There were the first of the 3 sets to be done.

 

 

 

 

A view of the 3 sets of doors as displayed in the museum.

Re-opened Florence

Little by little, she is coming back to life.

The Uffizi is still closed to the public, but I was reassured that Cosimo I, il Pater Patriae, is still waiting for me, as is Lorenzo il Magnifico.  Very nice to know!

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Together these Medici gentlemen guard the Uffizi, even during a pandemic.

 

The nearby Palazzo Vecchio, is partially open.  The museum and tours are not yet ready for visitors, but the elegant and lovely cortile is ready to be admired again.  And, I am a very willing supplicant.

 

 

 

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And a quick stop for a real cappuccino served in a real cup at the bar at Scudieri.  Life is good!

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