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Dr. Alessandra Becucci has both an enthusiasm for, and a wealth of knowlege about, Santa Maria Novella. The combination of her talk and her very comprehensive photographs improved my understanding of this church a great deal.
Despite the long dreary days of lockdown, Dr. Becucci has skillfully found an engaging way for us to explore her city of Florence through her explorations of 4 churches. This session on Santa Maria Novella was the second in the series and she locates the church in time and space while describing some of the amazing pieces of art within its walls. I learned so very much and enjoyed my afternoon with an engaging expert who shared her love of her city with ease.
I know Florence and the Florentine Renaissance moderately well, or I thought I did; but Dr. Becucci opened up insights into Florentine urbanism and society that made me feel like I was seeing the city for the first time.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first seminar with Dr. Becucci. Her careful study of the history and decorative schemes of this church were an absolute delight. Wonderful experience!
Though I have been to Florence numerous times, Dr. Becucci's guided tours of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella were filled with overviews and fine details which I never knew.
A great benefit of having the tour on-line is that one can see and compare great masterpieces will feeling as if you are only 3 feet away from them. This couldn't be possible if you were actually in the buildings.