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St. Augustine, Florida
October 19, 2009
From journal Churches in Florence - The Major Players
by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
August 30, 2005
When we first enter, we meet an angry German fellow with a church-supplied shawl around his waist to cover up his legs. Frankly, he looked a lot more fey and irreligious in the "skirt" than he would have without it. Later, I get busted for taking pictures, even though our guidebook says it's permissible and there are no signs forbidding photography. One of the attendants is incensed that I would even try to take photos and stares at me the rest of the time we’re there.
All that being said, it is nevertheless worth visiting. The church itself houses numerous beautiful works: the "Crucifix" by Brunelleschi, one by Giotto, Vasari's "Madonna of the Rosary," Masaccio's "Trinity," the "Miracle of Jesus" by Bronzino, and frescoes by Ghirlandaio. You can see photos of some of these on my photo website. There is also a cloister next door that holds a number of notable paintings and frescoes. It costs extra to visit the cloister. Today, it is unexplainably closed.
The interior is somewhat like the Duomo, somber and dignified. We walk down the left hand side after entering. Halfway down is the "Trinity." We spend time in the rear taking in the whole scene, especially Giotto’s "Crucifix" hanging in the nave’s center. We continue up the right side to the main altar and its two side chapels with their frescoes and stained-glass windows done by Filippino Lippi. The sanctuary behind main altar and the side walls were frescoed by Ghirlandaio and are incredibly well preserved. Hanging in the left altar is Brunelleschi’s "Crucifix," which he carved after seeing Donatello’s version in Santa Croce—the "ideal," God-like version versus the "real," peasant-like version. It helps that we have a guidebook to identify what we are seeing.
I postulate to Tom that the different ambiance of each church is a function of their founding orders—Dominicans, intellectual and forbidding like St. Dominic, Franciscans, emotional and accessible like their founder, St Francis of Assisi. Tom comments that I sound like a Dominican.
Closed Tuesdays. The entry fee is about 3€, extra for the cloister. Picture-taking is possible if you are sneaky.
From journal Fabulous, Fantastic Florence
January 30, 2002
From journal Four days in Florence and Siena
May 28, 2007
From journal Arte Firenze
March 2, 2001
All in all it was a good thing that this church emmerged as fine as it did due to the common sense of the rest of Florence! It's safe to visit here now....I didn't even get a feeling of bad karma.
You should visit, if nothing else to take in the frescos that are just glorious and completely surround the altar and it's small dome. The Altar is quite a lovely piece and the paintings hung all over are by the usual Renassaince club of Florence. (Sorry, you see the same names over and over and one gets jaded after a few days!) Don't miss the Trinity by Masaccio (1427).
From journal Indepth Florence--the Final words ??
July 1, 2001
From journal FLORENCE
November 12, 2000
From journal Italy: Living in Firenze