The unveiling of Giorgio Vasari’s (1511–74) newly restored Christ Carrying the Cross (1568–72) marks the conclusion of the campaign “In the Name of Michelangelo” to clean and conserve both Vasari’s painting and the monument to Michelangelo Buonarroti that stands next to it in Santa Croce’s right aisle. Together, the two works comprise the Buonarroti Chapel, whose patron was … More Vasari and Buonarroti Patronage in Santa Croce
Santa Croce sometimes allows its many treasures to temporarily travel and reveal their magnificence in museums around the world. One of Santa Croce’s valuables that will soon venture off is Donatello’s statue of Saint Louis of Toulouse. The restoration of this statue, which has taken about four months at Santa Croce, will be complete sometime … More Donatello’s Saint Louis of Toulouse Restored
Finding three things to see in Santa Croce is like looking through a treasure box. No matter what I end up choosing, every aspect of the church is a jewel in its own right. So when I walked into the Basilica last week, I made sure to keep my eyes wide open, trying to find … More 3 Things to See in Santa Croce
Walking in someone else’s shoes is never easy, but for some people, like Donata Grossoni, this skill is a requirement. Ms. Grossoni works for the Opera di Santa Croce, and for her, a typical day means talking to visitors, or, as she explains it, listening to visitors. Ms. Grossoni is an extremely educated woman; she … More Listening with a Santa Croce Expert
Believe it or not, Stendhal syndrome, also known as Florence syndrome, is an affliction that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when a person is exposed to extraordinary works of art. The beauty is so overwhelming that people literally start to feel faint from the onslaught. This term was coined by Italian … More Stendhal Syndrome Anyone?
Perhaps one of the most beautiful things which I have noticed about Florence is how well the church is integrated within the lives of its residents. Regardless of the religious views of the visitors, basilicas and cathedrals are the most popular tourist attractions throughout Italy. The beauty within these places is undeniable, yet the most … More World Famous School of Leather
Before anything else is said, I need to acknowledge that there are much, much more than five things to see in the Basilica di Santa Croce. There are dozens of things to see in this church, from religious, historical and artistic perspectives. There is a niche for almost anyone who walks in here, whether they … More 5 Things to See in St. Croce