Pieve delle Sante Flora e Lucilla, Santa Fiora

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  • This church with its collection of della Robbia ceramic panels is undoubtedly on the to-see list of everyone with interest in Italian art of the Rinascimento. What surprised me was not the quality of....  more »
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  • Masterpieces inside the church, a considerable number of ceramics Della Robbia in a small Pieve.
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  • The church, which preserves a romanistic architectural character, shows a hut façade divided horizontally by a frame, on which are inserted an elegant rosette in travertine and a marble crest of the Sforza and the Dukes of signs of the XVI century. At the end of the eighteenth century, during the work of enlargement and renovation, the sixteenth-century portal was placed on the façade, originally of the Cappellone del SS. Sacramento (ex Sforza Chapel). On the same occasion, the original one-nave structure was modified and enlarged with the addition of two aisles, divided by round arches on large pillars. The interior, covered by wooden trues and culminating in a rectangular apse, preserves a valuable collection of Robbian ceramics, one of the rare examples of Florentine art in the Amiatina area, artistically and culturally Sienese land. The first della Robbia that meets, in front of the baptismal font, is the table of the baptism of Jesus, surrounded by a festoon of fronds and fruits (among which one notices the quince symbol of the Sforza family). The scene is closed at the top by the open arms of the eternal Father who reveals to the world the Savior's son (Hic est fi lius meus dilectus in Quo Manifestavi) on which he brings down the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. Continuing towards the main altar, in the second left span is placed the altarpiece of the Madonna della Cintola, rich in components and great Scenographs Co. The Virgin gives the belt to the Apostle Thomas as she is raised to heaven by six angels. At the sacred scene devotedly assisted some saints, including, according to some hypothesis, Santa Flora, recognizable by the palm (symbol of martyrdom) in hand, St. Francis and St. Michael (especially venerated in Santa Fiora). Interesting is the predella where scenes of the life of Christ are depicted (the "dispute in the Temple", the "baptism" and the "Lamentation") and on the extreme sides the coat of arms of the client family. The lateral pilasters, with frieze and cherubs heads, host each of the three figures of Saints (white on the blue background), suspended on clouds among which one recognizes: St. Sebastian, St. John the Evangelist, St. Leonardo (left), San Raffaele and San Tobiolo, and Other. This shovel was, until a few decades ago, behind the main altar, To the left of the high altar is instead the tabernacle of the Holy oils, with the eternal Father in glory among the Cherubim who blesses from above with open arms, while two adoring angels lie on the sides of the Little door (the original wooden door was Recently replaced by an embroidered cloth). In the central nave, leaning against a pillar, we find the pulpit formed by three bas-reliefs supported by columns of Pietra Serena: In the central panel is depicted the Last Supper with Christ surrounded by the apostles; The other panels depict the resurrection, with the Christ winning over the death that resurrectes from the tomb, and the Ascension, with the risen rising to heaven before the apostles and the mother. In the right wall is the crucifix called San Biagio, originally placed in the Chapel of the cemetery Continuing towards the exit is another altarpiece structured in the form of triptych, with the center of the Coronation of the Virgin and, on the sides, St. Francis Stigmatized (left) and St. Jerome Penitent (right). The scenes are surmounted by nature festoons with fronds and fruit. The scenes of the Annunciation, the Nativity and the adoration of the Magi are depicted in the predella.
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  • Picturesque location
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  • See beyond the tile of Della Robbia also where the river Fiora flows, visible on the floor
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  • This church is a real Museum! Inside it preserves some precious glazed terracotta from the Della Robbia workshop.
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