Louise of Stolberg-Gedern: Princess, Mistress, Independent Woman

The Basilica of Santa Croce is known for being the burial place of great Italian men such as Michelangelo and Galileo, but as you wander through the cloisters of the church, memorials to famous women and non-Italian figures grab your attention. This is the second blog post in a series celebrating the women of Santa … More Louise of Stolberg-Gedern: Princess, Mistress, Independent Woman

Remembering Rosina Vendramin Buonarroti (London, 1814 – Florence, 1856)

Among many requests for the burial in Santa Croce church, one finds a moving appeal by Cosimo Buonarroti, the ex Minister of Public Education for the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the last living descendant of the great Michelangelo. Count Cosimo wanted to insure that the earthly remains of his beloved wife, Rosina Vendramin, who … More Remembering Rosina Vendramin Buonarroti (London, 1814 – Florence, 1856)

Florence Nightingale: ‘The Lady with the Lamp’

The Basilica of Santa Croce is known for being the burial place of great Italian men such as Michelangelo and Galileo, but as you wander through the cloisters of the church, memorials to other famous non-male and non-Italian figures grab your attention.  One name in particular stands out, for why would there be a memorial … More Florence Nightingale: ‘The Lady with the Lamp’

A Polish Princess and The Lady with an Ermine

This month marks 164th anniversary of the death of a famous Neoclassical sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini, who in Santa Croce executed among others, the Tomb of the Princess Zofia Czartoryski Zamoyska (Warsaw, 1778 – Florence, 1837). The funerary monument, considered the last important work of Bartolini, was executed in white Carrara marble from 1837-1844. Shocking in … More A Polish Princess and The Lady with an Ermine