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Location: Florence, Italy
Rating: 4.0 / 5
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Come and see the extraordinary painting of Beato Angelico, the elegance and the delicacy of his drawing, the moving religiosity of his works on wood and on fresco, located in a charming architectural complex.

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What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Visit this charming museum located inside an ancient Dominican monastery
  • See the masterpieces of Fra Angelico
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Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • European Community citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Teachers from EU public institutes (Città del Vaticano, Montecarlo, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Repubblica di San Marino, Lichtestein included) with proof of tenure.

Free Ticket:

  • Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.

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Bookshop

There is one museum shop inside, where it is possible to buy guide books in various languages, art publications and objects inspired by works of the Museum.

Disabled Visitors

The museum is accesible for disabled persons. However we recommend to put you in contact with the Administrative Department.

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The Museum is located in the homonymous San Marco Square n°3 - Florence.

Museum

Once a Dominican monastery, it houses the largest collection in the world of paintings by Beato Angelico.

History

The Museum is housed in the Dominican monastery of San Marco, built between 1438 and 1444 by will of Cosimo the Elder of the Medici family, on a design by the architect Michelozzo, who created an architectural masterpiece of functionality, harmony and elegance.

The monastery, and the adjoining Library, once housing Greek and Latin books, was one of the most important centres of the Florentine Humanism, but its fame is mainly due to the splendid cycle of frescoes painted within 1450 by the painter-monk Fra Angelico, one of the greatest masters of the Florentine Renaissance.

Head of the monastery at the end of the 15th C. was Girolamo Savonarola, great preacher who inspired the Florentine Republic, then condemned as an heretic and executed on Piazza Signoria in 1498. The State Museum was opened in 1869.

Collections

The rooms of the monastery are located all around the Renaissance cloister by Michelozzo, on the ground and on the upper floor. The biggest collection in the world of panel-paintings by Beato Angelico has been displayed in the Hospice Hall (Sala dell’Ospizio) since the early 20th century. The section by the Large Refectory was arranged much later (1980-90) in order to house paintings by Fra Bartolomeo and the artists of the San Marco School.

The Last Supper frescoed in 1480 by Domenico Ghirlandaio decorates the Small Refectory. The big cycle of frescoes by Fra Angelico, remarkable example of contemplative art, starts in the cloister and in the Chapter House, but it is fully displayed on the upper floor, along the corridors and inside the cells of the dormitory. On the same upper floor the harmonious Library by Michelozzo houses a great collection of 15th century illuminated books.

At the far end of the dormitory, the cells once belonged to Savonarola show memories of his life and of his tragic death.

Masterpieces

Panel-paintings by Fra Angelico, in the Hospice Hall:

  • Deposition of Christ (from Santa Trinita Sacristy), 1433 approx.
  • Triptych of St. Peter the Martyr, 1428 approx.
  • The Annalena Altarpiece, 1430 approx.
  • The San Marco Altarpiece, 1440 approx.
  • The Last Judgement and the Linemakers Tabernacle, 1432 approx.

Frescoes by Fra Angelico:

  • In the Cloister: St. Dominic at the feet of the Cross
  • In the Chapter House: Crucifixion
  • Along the corridors of the Dormitory: Annunciation and Madonna of the Shadows
  • In the cells: Noli Me Tangere, Annunciation, The Mocking of Christ, Transfiguration
  • In the cell of Cosimo the Elder: Adoration of the Magi, painted by Benozzo Gozzoli, one of Beato Angelico’s assistants.
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21 Jul 2015
This place is right across the square from where we are staying, but we had neglected to visit it with so many attractions in the city. Today we decided to check it out and we were not disappointed. They have a large collection of Fra Angelico's works as well as many pieces of ancient architectural relics saved from destroyed buildings...
20 Jul 2015
As others have said, this is your destination if you want to spend time with Fra Angelico's beautiful frescoes. The rooms off the ground floor cloister also house a small but exquisite selection of paintings. I must have lingered for close to an hour in that one room. Upstairs you will find the cells, each with its own fresco, and...
19 Jul 2015
A tour guide recommended it here as it was a beautiful church and museum and no queue at all. Cost for the church - FREE Cost for the Museum - 4 Euro In the church they were playing the organ, the sound was incredible. The Museum was full of wonderful art and shows how the Dominican Monks lived - it...
19 Jul 2015
We stopped in at the Museo di San Marco. The frescoes are numerous, and quite lovely in their simplicity. It is peaceful and pretty within the monastery, a contrast to the city around it. Was interesting to see the simple cells in which the monks lived (except Savonarola's - which was more of a "suite.")
15 Jul 2015
This small museum holds many beautiful pieces, particularly Fra Angelico's "Annunciation". Also the illustrated calligraphy manuscripts are especially interesting. The museum has a peaceful and airy feel throughout, making it a pleasant tour.
14 Jul 2015
beautiful building and frescos by Fra Angelico. walking through the monastery and seeing each cell is amazing.
09 Jul 2015
Fra Angelico's most famous Fresco painting, "Annunciation" is here. Also there are beautifully illustrated manuscripts. Courtyard is so tranquil.
07 Jul 2015
San Marco is a 15-minute walk from central Florence, but well worth it. You're taken back in time as you stroll what was essentially a monastery. The private living quarters for those who lived and worked their are adorned with the beautiful and reflective simplicity of frescos by Fra Angelico. You feel like you're miles away from the touristy bustle...
06 Jul 2015
Inc redible paintings. Each cell had its own painting. Enjoyed the solemnity of the monastery. Interesting, too, that a couple famous locals had cells there until they decided to move on! The church next door exhibited a lot of gold gild, a couple of lifelike statues of the Blesses Mother and the scourged Christ. I went for "high mass" and...
03 Jul 2015
Not to be missed are the Fra' Angelico frescoes. Fortunately, you can enjoy these in a serene, contemplative atmosphere that the painter originally intended -- this place doesn't seem to get the crowds.
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