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December 17, 2021

New layout of Savonarola’s rooms at San Marco

Fra Girolamo Savonarola returns to the Monastery of San Marco, where he was elected prior on May 16, 1491 and captured on April 8, 1498, before being executed in piazza della Signoria on May 23.         A polychrome terracotta bust of the Dominican preacher is now on display at the Museum of […]
February 2, 2012

The statue of Girolamo Savonarola

The brooding statue of Girolamo Savonarola, the fire and brimstone monk burned at the stake for heresy in front of Palazzo Vecchio on May 23, 1498, stands in the piazza named after him not far from piazza Libert?. Looking at it, it is easy to see why American author and
November 9, 2021

Florentine exile and the tyranny of distance

Do I need that black cardigan? I thought, pulling the heavy door shut. Then I thought, No, I’ll be back in four weeks. I can do without it. What I didn’t know in that moment was that I was closing the door forever on my life of 21 years as a Florentine. Or that’s what […]
October 14, 2021

Botticelli masterpiece up for auction

Sotheby’s to auction The Man of Sorrows.
April 2, 2021

Reading Florentine history in Santa Maria Novella frescoes

When you’re on the prowl for Renaissance fresco paintings in Florence, the church of Santa Maria Novella is the place to go.     You are greeted upon entry by the seminal Trinità fresco of Masaccio, who, with his friend and mentor Brunelleschi, revolutionized the art of painting with the introduction of linear perspective as […]
June 8, 2020

Medici: The Magnificent Season Three | analysis

The series presents itself with enough historical truth to be just shy of historical fiction.
April 26, 2020

Reopening Italy: Stage Two plans announced

All manufacturing, construction and wholesale will resume on May 4, while retail stores, museums, exhibitions and libraries are scheduled to reopen on May 18.
July 9, 2019

Summer sights in Florence: towers, fortresses and gates

A number of guided tours, organized by the Mus.e Association, are available this summer around the city’s towers, fortresses and gates.             Forte Belvedere             It’s worth the trek up the hill to see the treasure room, opening to the public for the first time […]
March 29, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci and Florence

The folios are on loan from the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan
January 9, 2019

2019: the year ahead in Florence

From anniversaries commemorating Leonardo da Vinci, Caterina de’ Medici and Cosimo I de’ Medici to local elections, the best of basketball, Ed Sheeran and the opening of that tramline to the airport, 2019 in Florence looks more alluring than ever.         Anniversaries   Everyone’s talking about The Big One—500 years since the […]