San Marco - Firenze, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas
N 43° 46.685 E 011° 15.526
32T E 681770 N 4849704
Quick Description: The church of San Marco is located in the historic center of Florence.
Location: Toscana, Italy
Date Posted: 1/14/2014 5:13:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMJY1Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 5

Long Description:
"Originally a house of Silvestrine monks, who moved to San Giorgio dello Spirito Santo to make way for the Dominicans, who took possession here in 1436, after which date they rebuilt the whole complex at the expense of Cosimo de Medici, between 1437 and 1452. Michelozzo, the Medici's favourite architect, designed the church, cloister, library and friars' quarters. Fra Angelico worked with Michelozzo for eight or nine years, until he was summoned by the Pope to Rome in 1445 to work in the Vatican.

Facade of church built 1777-78 to designs by Gioacchino Pronti.

The church was much altered in 17th Century, but the monastery remained largely untouched.

The Dominicans were expelled in 1866 and the first cloister became a museum.

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Angelo Poliziano are buried here.

The church itself is a bit disappointing after the delights of the complex next door - an aisleless box by Michelozzo with a very gilt-scrolly ceiling - but it has some nice bits of uncovered fresco fragments and the chapel of Sant'Antonio at the end on the left has some good mannerist stuff, including an altarpiece of The Descent into Limbo by Allori. "

From: (visit link)
Type of Church: Church

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of building construction: 1/1/1600

Diocese: Florence

Florence, Tuscany Italy

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

Dominant Architectural Style: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

Archdiocese: Not listed

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