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Saint Apollonia Last Supper, Florence

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4.7/5 based on 80 reviews on the web
Ring the bell at the nondescript door to enter Saint Apollonia Last Supper, a crowd-free site filled with gorgeous murals. The highlight at this small convent is Andrea del Castagno's fresco of the Last Supper. This and other frescoes, done rapidly in watercolor on wet plaster, adorn the walls of the convent. Because this type of mural is not common, these works can leave quite an impression. Entry is free and includes a leaflet with information about the convent and the paintings it houses. The lack of tourists here makes the experience quite personal. To visit Saint Apollonia Last Supper on your holiday in Florence, and find out what else Florence has to offer, use our Florence holiday planner.
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  • Florence can discover, over and over again endlessly finding all new masterpieces. And "the last supper" by Andrea del Castagno may appear in your list of discoveries. Be sure to take a look a look at it, if you're near San Marco-an unusual perspective of the fresco and open compositional confrontation will not leave you indifferent
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  • Santapollonia Monastery located a minutes walk from the Piazza San Marco in the West is unremarkable, can come around and feel even the hustle and bustle of the Centre of Florence, but here by Castagno's last supper. Leonardo da Vinci's "last supper" is next to the 1 column both Jesus and the 12 Apostles, but here's composition is Jesus and the 12 Apostles. The whiteness of the dining table is striking.
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  • In April I worked as a guide within the upper room through the project "Ambassadors of art" proposed in my high school. The Interior is very dark and cold with very few works, the most important "the last supper" by Andrea del Castagno takes all the right wall of the upper room and is also the most visible. I repeat: cold, wet, dark and inhospitable. Definitely worth visiting with a guide and in my opinion not to be put on the list of museums to visit in Florence.
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  • So easy to walk by this nunnery which was suppressed (and ignored by Vasari) and miss the Refectory (Cenacolo/Il Refettorio) where Andrea del Castagno filled one wall with his Last Supper. I had wondered about the marbled squares behind the Apostles in framed symmetrical squares. The "Madonna in Shadows" by Fra Angelico in the nearby Dominican church of San Marco, now a museum, holds the key. The painting is an altarpiece with marble predellas. Meditating on the now faded bread and wine is all very well, but apparently one is meant to look for deeper details and symbolism in the marbles themselves. Having that third glass of wine on high days and holy days possibly helped these dear strictly secluded souls contemplate more imaginatively.
  • Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia is graced with amazing frescoes by Andrea del Castagno, with Last Supper being his masterpiece. The artist painted it in 1450, towards the end of his very short life. This great fresco is much less known than its counterparts with the same name by ubiquitous Renaissance artists, but what is amazing here is that Andrea lived and painted it long before Leonardo and other more famous artists. One is struck by the well-structured composition, noble austerity of the detail, meticulous perspective reminding of his other contemporary Tuscan artist Piero della Francesca. The Cenacolo was once used by the nuns of this Camaldolese convent. It is somewhat away from the beaten track and we visited it on a route I made for this part of the city: 1). Chiostro dello Scalzo - with Andrea del Sarto frescoes 2). Museo di San Marco - Fra Angelico & assistance 3). Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia 4). Cenacolo di Foligno - Perugino's Last Supper All four museums are highly recommended. Their additional advantage is that they can be enjoyed in a surprising solitude, far from the unbearably crowded atmosphere of Uffizi. It is also allowed to photograph in Chistro dello Scalzo and in Sant'Apollonia. The only challenge is to verify the visit hours which at the time of our visit in March, 2012 were quite chaotic and required diligent advance planning. It turned very helpful to visit the Tourist Information Center at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi (where you can view Benozzo Gozzoli and Luca Giordano frescoes) to obtain the most recent opening/closing times for these museums.
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