Author: Giuseppe De Micheli

Giuseppe De Micheli is the director of Opera di Santa Croce.
November 3, 2016
1966 Florence FloodCULTURE

Vasari’s Last Supper returns to Santa Croce

    In Santa Croce facts, chronicles and history become monuments in their own right. This is especially true for the Florentine floods, recollections of unexpected past events, which remain marked in the stones of this great temple of memory. Efforts to prevent the effects of the moody Arno River are as old as Santa […]
September 10, 2015

The Renaissance of time

  Time is something that is continuously recreated, reborn, starting anew: this happens every day, every season, but also in broader historical periods. Conventionally we use the term ‘Renaissance’ to represent and define an era of our history—between the mid-fourteenth and sixteenth centuries—when new worlds opened up in geography, science and technology, art and architecture, […]
November 6, 2014

The tomb that cannot be seen

This article is the first in a series by Giuseppe De Micheli, the Director of Opera di Santa Croce.   In medieval Florence, illustrious figures had a special honour bestowed upon them: burial in the basilica of Santa Croce. This explains why so many important monuments in Santa Croce were
May 8, 2014

Navigating the centuries

For more than 700 years, the Gothic church of Santa Croce has seen the passing of the countless seasons, several renovations and myriad styles of art and architecture. It is the site of revolutionary works, such as Cimabue’s Crucifixion and the Pazzi Chapel, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. It