|Basilica of Santa Croche|
The Basilica di Santa Croce is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 meters south-east of the Duomo
WHEN WAS IT BUILT? The present basilica, traditionally attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, was built from 1295, on the site where, around 1210, the first Franciscan friars arrived in Florence.
|Death of St. Francis by Giotto|
WHO IS GIOTTI? Giotto di Bondone (1266/7 – January 8, 1337), known as just Giotto , was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Renaissance.
The Bardi family chapel is located to the right of the choir, which means that it is the first chapel of the southern transept, and dedicated to St Francis. (If you know the set up of a church- which TOM does because he's an architect, you can follow that. As for me, Rob, I have no idea what those things are! :) )
|The Brunelleschi Cloister|
FILM FACT ABOUT THIS CLOISTER -
in 2001 Ridley Scott filmed in this same cloister some of the scenes of the movie Hannibal.
SOME OTHER INTERESTING PIECES:
1) Donatello's Annunciation Cavalcanti
Sculpture in Pietra Serena stone (see photo)
2) Pulpit carved by Benedetto da Maiano
Sculpture in Pietra Serena stone - c. 1435
1472 - 1476
NEXT: Meet the Famous Dead in Santa Croche
|Pulpit carved by Benedetto da Maiano |
with scenes from the life of St. Francis
1472 - 1476