03 Giugno 2017 · 4907 Views

A museum inside e church

A museum inside e church

Have you ever visited the first floor of the church of Orsanmichele? The old granary of Florence became a church in 1340s when the lodge Arnolfo di Cambio built caught fire and the Republic erected the church of Florentine guilds! Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea del Verrocchio, Donatello, Nanni di Banco, Giambologna are part of the main artists who worked for the Republic. Each one scultpted a different patron saint related to the guild had commissioned the work. The fourteen statues situated in the niches on the four sides of the church are all copies. The original works of art are preserved at the first floor of the church except S. George by Donatello. The holy warrior was the first statue to be moved to the Bargello museum in 1891 where a whole room is still today dedicated to Cosimo the Elder's friend.

A very interesting exhibition gives us rhe opportunity to observe the  different techniques the masters applied to model a bronze or a marble statue; the choice of a different material depended on the richness of the guild. The collection dates back from the XV century to the XVI century with S. Luca by Giambologna for the guild of "Judges and Notaries".
Guilds which couldn't afford a marble or a bronze statue chose another way to represent their patron saint: they painted him on the pillar of the church with a fresco decoration. 
The museum completes inside one of the most unusual churches of Florence even for its shape. Many details tell us about the old granary and they are still visible on the walls of the actual church!


The "Incredulity of S. Thomas" by Andrea del Verrocchio

The "Four crowned saints" by Nanni di Banco.


Johann Zoffany painted the Tribune of the Uffizi Gallery

If you want to know the paintings and the statues situated in the XVIII century inside the Tribune look at the painting below!

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What is a 'Cassone Nuziale'

They usually were commissioned in pairs and filled with the dowry of the future wife.

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A giraffe in Palazzo Vecchio

The animal was a gift the Egyptian sultan offered to Lorenzo in 1487 to obtain his support.

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Stefano Bardini

Bardini was a promoter of the Renaissance myth in fact he contributed to the re-discovery of Florentine art.

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Visite guidate

Camminata per le strade del centro per conoscere il Meretricio di Stato. Dove, come viveva e doveva...
Ingresso gratuito ai possessori della "Card del Fiorentino".
Entreremo anche nella sede della Loggia Massonica del Grand'Oriente Italia. Un appuntamento...
Donatello ebbe la capacità di infondere umanità e introspezione psicologica alle opere.