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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.
29 Sep 2015
The frescoes by Fra Angelico are very lovely and well worth a visit. They represent a transition from earlier styles towards the renaissance and are of great interest in this regard but can be appreciated for their simple beauty alone. There are some steep stairs to the monks dormatory but the place is very atmospheric and generally less crowded than...
27 Sep 2015
Very quiet place, you can visit monastery rooms and cells each decorated with one beautiful fresco and also Savoranola cell with his belongings. There is also an exhibition of manuscripts.
26 Sep 2015
Never too busy, this beautiful museum in a 15th century convent offers a supreme collection of Fra Angelico paintings and frescoes. Lovely cloisters and wonderful gallery of fabulous early 15th century artistic gems of Florence, plus the amazing frescoes in the monastic cells on the upper floor, including the classic Annunciation. Entrance 4.00 Euros. There is a handy shop for...
19 Sep 2015
We got there just as the doors had opened and had over an hour to ourselves upstairs amongst the cells and the brilliant artwork of Fra Angelico. Also found out a whole lot more about Savonarola - the picture depicting his death is quite interesting. There's more to the story than meets the eye here. Indeed the whole museum is...
17 Sep 2015
It has been two hours of visit that give us a very nice idea of the fantastic work of Fray Angelico. It is difficult to explain with words you have to visit it.
13 Sep 2015
This was about a block from our hotel and it was a very pleasant surprise. Not as crowded as the other popular sights and not as expensive either. There are many famous Italians buried or memorialized here, which was very cool.
11 Sep 2015
After missing this twice on a previous trip, I would say watch out for the odd days closed as well as the usual opening hours. Was worth going back this year, a very special atmosphere & place, and some wonderful paintings.
11 Sep 2015
Being a bit of an art fan, I made time to go to San Marco. It is well worth it . The painings by Fra Anglico in each of the cells are really so wonderful. you will see simple but effective paintings in each cell.
09 Sep 2015
Visit the dormitories upstairs for exceptional Fra Angelica frescoe vignettes in the tiny rooms. A very underrated and little visited site compared to the Academia around the corner with stupid long lines.
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07 Sep 2015
This is great place: the convent and the monk cells and the library and the frescoes. The visit is very spiritual and quiet and for a while you can forget the chaos that is around you in Florence. Just take your time and enjoy every minute and breath the air of the convent...you will go out feeling different and light!