The chapel of San Martino al Vescovo, was built in 1479 as the seat of the Company of Good Men (Compagnia dei Buonomini), a charitable institution, which had been founded in 1442 by a Florentine monk, Antonino Pierozzi.
The charity, which was set up to help the poveri vergognosi (poor people who were too proud to beg), performed a variety of good works, which are charmingly illustrated in a series of small frescoes by the School of Ghirlandaio. Rich in illustrative detail, they represent the acts of charity which the company performed and provide a rare insight into Florentine life in the second half of the 15th century.
The charity still functions to this day, although its original brief has probably been somewhat modified.
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