Cloisters of Santa Croce: Pazzi Chapel and Museum : Michelin's recommendations
The Pazzi Chapel stands on the north side of the cloister. Built to plans by Brunelleschi between 1445 and 1460, it has a portico worthy of a Roman emperor: an arch, columns and entablature. Inside, the space is composed of a square, surmounted by a dome with occuli which give light, an apsidiole and false apses. The decoration has the austerity of the Romanesque style, playing on the contrasting colours of the red-marble floor, the white pebble-dash walls, decorated with plaster pilasters and arches, and the coloured terracotta medallions by Della Robbia, representing the apostles and, on the pendentives, the Evangelists. The old refectory has been turned into the Church Museum. Cimabue's Crucifixiona has long been one of the museum's prize possessions: it dates from around 1290 and is one of the finest illustrations of painted crosses which illustrate the early days of Italian painting. It suffered considerable damage when the River Arno burst its banks in 1966 but has been restored with skilful care, although some parts have been irreparably lost. As it stands, it represents the miraculous escape of a work of art from the fury of the elements. Other museum works include a superb gilded bronze by Donatello representing St Louis of Toulouse (1423), fragments of a macabre dance by Orcagna and a Last Supper by T. Gaddi.
- Address : Piazza S. - Croce 16 I - 50122 Firenze50122Firenze
- Phone : 055244619
- Prices : free of charge
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