Churches of Florence: Santissima Annunziata with Dr. Alessandra Becucci

Churches of Florence: Santissima Annunziata with Dr. Alessandra Becucci


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Discover the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata, the only sanctuary in the city center and a rare example of baroque art in Florence. This conversation will guide us through the architectural complex of Santissima Annunziata– from the cloister decorated by Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino through the church, with frescoes dating from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century.

Founded by seven young Florentine noblemen in the 1200s, the order of the Servants of Mary built its mother church on the northern edge of the city center. Over the centuries, the presence of the church contributed to the development of the area and, housing an image of the Virgin Mary believed to be miraculous, the basilica became one of the most important churches in town. Attracting the patronage of several prominent families in town, including the Medici, the church was enriched with the works of the most prominent artists in town.

Led by Florentine art historian Alessandra Becucci, this conversation will introduce you to one of the most important churches in Florence, a pearl of Florentine Baroque art and the first venue of the guild of painters in town.

This conversation is part of a series on the churches of Florence with Alessandra Becucci. Each session is designed to be enjoyed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Born and raised in Florence, Alessandra has a degree in art history from the University of Florence with a specialization in seventeenth-century painting. She obtained an MRes from the European University Institute in Florence, where she defended her Ph.D in history, focusing on the patronage of Tuscan nobility in Europe during the seventeenth century. She has been teaching art history and Italian for several years in various schools and institutions in Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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