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“Amazing Library and Frescoes in the cells of the monks” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museo di San Marco

Museo di San Marco
Piazza San Marco 1, Florence, Italy
39 55 238 8608
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Ranked #10 of 214 Attractions in Florence
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Opened to the public in 1869, this museum houses the largest collection of sacred art in Florence including a sweeping fresco by Giovanni Antonio Sogliani and a superb collection of works by Mariotto Albertinelli.
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“Amazing Library and Frescoes in the cells of the monks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This museum is a comprehensive memorial to the members of the Dominican Order who resided in its rooms and has a special charm and spirituality. You can get a real feeling of how the monks lived in past ages through the huge complex with its peaceful frescoed cloister, its two Refectories [the small one frescoed by Domenico Ghirlandaio], the chapel and 45 monks cells or 'dormitories' richly frescoed by Fra Angelico [including the cell of Fra Girolamo Savonarola], and the long Library room which exhibits showcases containing beautiful examples of the precious illuminated books of the times [these are some of the collection housed in San Marco which are shown on a rotation basis]. If you are interested in the art and history of the Renaissance era and the life of the monks then this is a fascinating place to visit. There is a superb and informative Official guide book by the 'Firenze Musei' which costs €9.50 and is very useful while touring the premises. It contains the history of the building and its rooms, titles and history of the artworks and their artists, plans of both the ground and 1st floors and some superb photos of rooms and art works.

Visited February 2013
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“Don't miss Fra Angelico's finest work”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We managed to shoe-horn in the Museo di San Marco on our last day in Florence, and we are certainly glad we did. If you are a fan of the incredible gilded altar pieces and frescoes by the early Renaissance master (and Dominican monk) Fra Angelico, then you must not miss this Museum which is probably the best repository of his work anywhere in the world. It's only open until early afternoon on weekdays (a bit later on Saturdays), so make sure you plan accordingly during your visit to Firenze.

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing Frescoes for art and history lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This church is where the Dominican's lived in the time of the Medici's there are amazing frescoes and the history of the place is very interesting. It is where the first library in Europe was and also where Savanorola lived as a Dominican. I would recommend it to people who love history and art of the Renaissance...

Visited February 2013
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“The Fra Angelicos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

San Marco is an oasis of quiet in busy Florence. This monastery is an excellent example of what life might have been like for those men who who chose to escape the pressures and stress of Florence. (Never mind the years of Savonarola. . . .) Fra Angelico painted a fresco in each cell, and it is a good lesson to see just how he managed to paint the same theme again and again, each time in a bit different way. The library exhibit is an excellent lesson in medieval and Renaissance calligraphy and illumination. I left with the resolve to read Robert Browning's poetry again.

Visited January 2013
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“An absolute must for the paintings and frescoes of Beato Angelico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

If you want to see some of the most beautiful and impressive paintings and frescoes by Fra Angelico, this is where you have to go. His Annonciation is one of the most sublime work of art of the 15th century.

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