Its really a strange sight for me , when I passed by her , she was wearing a dark brown brick gown...but when I saw her again when I was on the other side , she is white pearl with intricate light green and pink colour.
So mystique, strong and plain one side,
So beautiful, soccolourful on the other ...
Just like the human character ....
Original Latin cross plan church by Fra Sisto and Fra Ristoro, 1278 to 1350. Renaissance facade by Alberti, begun 1456.Architecture of Gothic with Italian Renaissance facade
Santa Maria Novella was the first European Church I had ever seen. It was awesome even though it paled in comparison to The Dome or St. Peter's in Rome. Inside, the craftsmanship is unlike anything I've seen in American Churches. Artwork from the masters is found in almost every nook.
Built over generations, the patrons of the church who gave extraordinary support in building it are entombed in the wall surrounding the courtyard. Each tomb has the Family Crest on it.
There are often lines to get in so leave plenty of time to see it. The Street Vendors sometime sell books on the church as well. They are relatively inexpensive ($10.00 or so) and give a great history of the building.
The interior is designed as a Latin cross and is divided up into three naves.
The centre nave is 100 metres long.
The chapels include the della Pura Chapel, the Rucellai Chapel, the Bardi Chapel, the Filippo Strozzi Chapel, and the Gondi Chapel.
Artists who produced items for the church include Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Brunelleschi, Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, Vasari.... to mention some of the most famous italian artists.
Santa Maria Novella was built on the site of the 10th-century Dominican oratory of Santa Maria delle Vigne. Building began in the mid-13th century, and was finished in the mid-14th century.
It was designed by two Dominican friars, Fra Sisto da Firenze and Fra Ristoro da Campi. On a commission from the Rucellai family Leone Battista Alberti designed the black and white marble facade of the church (1456-1470). Giorgio Vasari was the architect for the first remodelling of the church, which included removing its original rood-screen and loft. The second remodelling was designed by Enrico Romoli, and was carried out between 1858 and 1860.
When you emerge from the train station, one of the first things you will see is the Church of Santa Maria Novella...and it doesn't look all that amazing. However, if you go around to see the facade that faces the Piazza of the same name, you will probably be blown away! It is truly drop dead gorgeous, I stood there for a good twenty minutes just taking in all its marble detail. The colors are just amazing; in my opinion, the exterior rivals the Duomo (and probably is more attractive...a bit more human in scale.) In this photo, you can see some of its arches decorated in zebra-like stripes. It's really a fun piece of work! I was unable to capture a good image of its whole unfortunately, so I went for a shot that included a temporary art exhibit advertisement.
HOWEVER...the interior is, well I'll be frank: one of the ugliest I have ever seen! It was a big disappointment after being awed by the exterior. I found it to be totally uncohesive and lacking a real sense of place. Definitely not worth the time or money...sit outside and gape at the exterior instead and you will be more than fulfilled.
This jewel was designed by Leonbattista Alberti, one of most important architects of reanaissance architecture. He also wrote some books about the art of building, so here we have again one of those "Renaissance Man".
In fact, Alberti just designed the façade of an existing medieval church, using a rational and geometrical composition.
After admiring the façade, when you get inside, you will able to enjoy a lot of masterpieces of artists like Masaccio, Giotto or Ghirlandaio!
This gothic church was built on the site of a 10th century of a Dominican church, Santa Maria delle Vigne. Building started in the mid 13th century and completed in the mid 14th century. The facade was completed in the 15th century. It houses many important works of art from the 14th, 15th and 16th century.
This big church was built in the 13th century. It has a wonderful marble façade which was completed in the middle of the 15th century. The interior is just gigantic and seems to be much larger because of an architectural trick: the architect reduced the pillar’s distances from the entrance to the altar. Moreover the church has a multitude of frescos inside.
These are among the nicest examples of Italian Gothic architecture. Begun in 1340 and completed internally in 1360, the cloisters were designed by the same Dominican friars who constructed the church. Among the artists involved in the decorations during the first half of the 15th century the most famous name is that of Paolo Uccello, one of Florence's Renaissance masters. You can also walk through most of the chapels and see the many frescoed walls, some severly flood damaged.
The nave is designed to have the piers spaced closer together as they reach the altar at the other end. This is intended to create an illusion of a really long church, assisted by the gray and white banding of the arches. The interior also houses some exceptional works from the 14th and 16th centuries. Of note are "Trinity" by Masaccio (1428), the frescoes of the Cappella Strozzi and Cappella Tornabuoni.
Dominican friars began to build the church in 1246 on the site of a l0th century Dominican oratory. The nave and aisles were finished in 1279 and the building was finished in the middle of the 14th century. The campanile and the Sacristy were done by Jacopo Talenti. The facade was remodelled between 1456 and 1470 by Leon Battista Alberti to replace an earlier one from the 14th century. The inlay work on top is bordered by heraldic sails of the Rucellai family who commissioned the building of the church.
The outside of Santa Maria Della Novella did not look impressive. It was smaller than the other churches we saw in Florence. The outside was attractive but not as eye catching as the Duomo or Santa Croce. However once inside any doubts about it are erased. It is filled with artwork and beauty. This picture shows some of the beautiful stained glass the nave. Like everything else in Florence it was memorable and masterful.
This gothic church contains some of the most important works of art in Florence. It was built by the Dominicans starting in 1246 and finished in the mid 14th century. The beautiful facade was completed in two phases, a century apart from one to another but I believe it comes together just fine. Inside you can see Masaccio's Trinity one of the first works of art to employ perspective, announcing the arrival of the Renaissance. Look also for the wooden crucifix by Filippo Brunelleschi and for the beautiful chapels that line the walls, frescoed by famous Florentine artists.
This was the first building I visited when I entered Firenze.. We parked the car in the underground carpark just across the station and started our daily feet tour and it was there... 8))
About its history, the church was begun in 1278 and was finished in 1360. It's in Lombard style with several stories decorated with small arches and harmonious windows..
Façade is built with green and white marble and harmonizes well with the architectural complex of the church.
Interior is in the form of "T" with a nave, two aisles and cross vaulted ceiling..
Go to find it to have more.. ;))
The church of Santa Maria Novella was finished in the middle of the 14th century. The facade is one of the earliest and most beautiful in Florence. It is a beautiful black and white building which dominates the Piazza Santa Maria Novella.