Chiesa Santo Spirito
The main artworks housed in the Church of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito
In the right crossing:
The second chapel houses a splendid “Pietà” sculptured in 1549 by Nanni di Baccio Bigio, which is based on the model of the “Pietà” by Michelangelo.
The third chapel hosts the wooden statue of San Nicola Tolentino made by Nanni Unghero and two angels painted by Franciabigio.
The fourth chapel preserves a splendid Pala (altarpiece) by the Flemish Jan van der Straet (1572), representing Jesus driving the merchants from the Temple .
The sixth chapel hosts a wonderful Altar and over it: “The Martyrdom of St. Stephan”, both executed in the early 17th century by Il Passignano.
In the right-hand arm of the transept:
The High Altar, in polychrome and precious intarsia marbles and richly ornamented, is a masterpiece created by two of the most important and active Baroque Tuscan sculptors and architects, Giovanni Battista Caccini (1556-1613) and Gherardo Silvani (1579-1675).
At the back of the High Altar there is wonderful Crucifix attributed to Michelangelo.
It is probably one of his earliest works.
The eleventh chapel preserves and outstanding panel commissioned by the notable Nerli family from Filippino Lippi (1457 ca-1504): “Madonna and Child and San Giovannino”.
The fourteenth chapel hosts the impressing sarcophagus of Neri di Gino Capponi, attributed to Rosellino’s studio (1458).
In the Apse:
The fifteenth chapel houses a superb Predella (low dais) called “The Saint Martyrs”, created by Alessandro Allori in 1574.
The eighteenth chapel preserves a marvellous and large Presepio (scenes from “The Nativity”) from Ghirlandaio’s school, with a superb picture frame from the 15th century.
In the left- hand arm of the transept:
Visitors can find the splendid “Madonna and Child in Throne with St. Thomas and St. Peter” by Cosimo Rosselli (1482).
The twenty-second chapel houses a wonderful marble altar made by Andrea del Sansovino (1494 ca.)
In the left crossing:
The twenty-eighth chapel preserves a perfect replica, executed by Francesco Petrucci (1660-1719), from the “Madonna and Child” by Rosso Fiorentino (1522). The original one is currently displayed in the Palatina Gallery (Palazzo Pitti, Florence).
The twenty-ninth chapel houses an exclusive organ from 1824.
The thirtieth chapel hosts the amazing “Madonna and Child with St. Anne and saints” by Ridolfo and Michele del Ghirlandaio.
The Church of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito is opened: from 10 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday; from 9 am until noon on Wednesday; from 4 to 5:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission cost: free.
The “Cenacle of Santo Spirito” is opened from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 am to 2 pm.
The admission ticket is: 2.50 euros.
Oltrarno Side of Florence
The Cathedrals : Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, Cappella Brancacci, Santo Spirito
Main Monuments : Palazzo Pitti, Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio
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