Vasari and Buonarroti Patronage in Santa Croce

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

Donatello’s Saint Louis of Toulouse Restored

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

Stendhal Syndrome Anyone?

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?