Monday, 28 September 2015

My 3 day Italy trip - Firenze, Church of Santa Maria Novella (cont.) - The Spanish chapel - The 19th of September 2015


The overall visit  to Santa Maria Novella culminated with the Spanish chapel said to have been the former Chapter House of the Monastery commissioned by Buonamie Guidalotti as his funeral chapel. It was later called Spanish Chapel because of Cosimo I assigning it to Eleanora of Toledo, his wife and her Spanish courtiers.
I was utterly mesmerised by it and its frescoe decoration said to have been carried out from 1365 through to 1367 by Andrea Bonaiuto. The largest fresco depicts the Allegory of the active and Triumphant Church and the Dominican Order. The frescoes on the other walls represent scenes from the lives of Christ and Saint Peter, the triumph of Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Allegory of Christian learning, the Crucifixion with the way to the Calvary and the descent to Limbo, Christ's Ressurection, the Navicell, the Ascencion and the Pentecost.

The moment we walked out I felt we had just experienced one of the best cultural moments in our stay in Florence.


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