Florence’s Monastery of San Marco, Starring Fra Angelico and Savonarola

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Florence’s Monastery of San Marco, Starring Fra Angelico and Savonarola

The Monastery of San Marco, with its peaceful cloister is now a museum — welcoming the public to enjoy the greatest collection of frescoes and paintings by Fra Angelico. Working in the mid-1400s, Fra Angelico — equal parts monk and painter — fused medieval spirituality with early Renaissance techniques. In this painting, he creates a realistic scene set in what many consider the first great Renaissance landscape. The monks lived above the cloister and greeting them at the top of the stairs was Fra Angelico's sublime Annunciation. Finally, when Florence decided it preferred the Renaissance to a Church-sponsored return to the Dark Ages, Savonarola himself was burned.

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