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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
- Skip the line and don't waste your time
- Stay in the museum how long you want
Reduced and free tickets
- 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.
- Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
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.
The museum is accesible for disabled persons. However we recommend to put you in contact with the Administrative Department.
The Museum is located in the homonymous San Marco Square n°3 - Florence.
Once a Dominican monastery, it houses the largest collection in the world of paintings by Beato Angelico.
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.
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.
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.
17 Nov 2015
This is a mandatory visit for Renaissance art lovers. The San Marco Monastery contains Fra Angelico's masterpiece L'Annunciation. Visitors enter though a courtyard which was the study for the famous rendering. As you enter the museum and ascend to the monks chambers the famous work appears before you at the top of the staircase. As one explores the numerous cells...
17 Nov 2015
Having already seen the majority of the great frescoes in Florence across the earlier portion of my stay, I was pleasantly surprised that yet greater artistic treasures were to be discovered. San Marco museum consists of what was previously a functioning Dominican monastry for years, with a part still being used for this purpose. Fra Angelico, one of the greatest...
11 Nov 2015
Beato (formerly Fra) Angelico's frescos in the individual cells of the dormitorio are wonderful, but the Annunciation is spellbinding.
08 Nov 2015
This is a lovely place to wonder around, frescoes to be admired and a delightfully peaceful atmosphere. You can wonder around the cells and soak up all the history. A great way to escape the crowds.
07 Nov 2015
The Museo was far more than I had expected, though I knew to go upstairs to see the Fra Angelico frescos in the former monks' cells. I especially wanted to see Savonarola's. There are several buildings and rooms within the Museo with restored pieces from early floods and early times. I enjoyed seeing the pottery items from Della Robbia, the...
07 Nov 2015
If you have even a passing interest in art history do not miss the Museo di San Marco. The Fra Angelica frescos are truly stunning, and being able to see them in the monks cells, really puts the art into context. When we visited (November) there were no queues whatsoever - remarkable given that people were queueing around the block...
06 Nov 2015
This museum is a former monastery with numerous monk's cells with magnificent frescos in each one. Downstairs are many paintings of Fra Angelico.
05 Nov 2015
Finally got to visit this museum just a few minutes from the hotel. The collection is stunningly beautiful and deserves time so that you can appreciate it at a leisurely pace. I recommend going early before tour groups arrive. The cacaphony of a loud talker is out of place here. Let the place and the paintings carry you off to...
05 Nov 2015
Don't miss this most important monastery that has a story so tied up to the city of Florence that cannot be passed. The art is at the most important level, the structure is original and the cells give you a perfect idea of what life was all about.
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04 Nov 2015
This church is by the bus station and well worth a visit of all the murals painted in the former monks' cells.