Museo di San Marco

The history

The Museo di San Marco began as a monastery of the Dominican friars around 1437 when Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned the architect Michelozzo to renovate the old complex building. The present building is a masterpiece of Renaissance art and houses a rich collection of works, in particular by Beato Angelico, who lived and worked here for most of his life.

The Convent of San Marco has long played a central role in the political and religious life of the city of Florence, hosting high-profile figures such as Girolamo Savonarola, promoter of a general renewal of faith and customs in the Tuscan city. Here we find the highest expressions of the Scuola di San Marco, which included Fra Bartolomeo and Mariotto Albertinelli, both painters who drew on the early Renaissance and the works of Fra Angelico.

The collection

Today, inside we can admire a fascinating ensemble of art, architecture and culture: the splendid cycle of frescoes, including the famous Annunciation by Angelico and the Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio; the architecture designed by Michelozzo, including the Cloister of Sant’Antonino, the Chapter House and the two Refectories and the marvellous Library; the Lapidary, rich in historical inscriptions on stone, and the remains of the historical centre of Florence saved following the Renovation ordered by the Savoys when the city was the capital of Italy.

The artworks

  • Annunciation, entro il 1435, Beato Angelico (1395 circa-1455)
  • Deposition, 1432–1434, Beato Angelico (1395 circa-1455)
  • Triptych of Saint Peter martyr, 1428–1429, Beato Angelico (1395 circa-1455)
  • Annalena Altarpiece, 1435, Beato Angelico (1395 circa-1455)
  • Last Judgement, 1431, Beato Angelico (1395 circa-1455)
  • San Marco Altarpiece, 1438–1443, Beato Angelico (1395 circa-1455)
  • Tabernacle of the Linaioli, 1433, Beato Angelico (1395 circa-1455)
  • Last Supper, 1486, Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448-1494)

The artists

  • Beato Angelico (1395 circa-1455)
  • Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448-1494)

Photo: Annunciation, 1450, Beato Angelico, Credits: Angelico Carulmare

PIAZZA SAN MARCO, 3, 50121 FLORENCE
Opening hours:

Tuesday to Saturday from 8.15 am to 1.50 pm.
Second and fourth Sundays of the month from 8.15 am to 1.50 pm.
First and third Monday of the month from 8.15 am to 1.50 pm.
The ticket office closes at 1.20 pm.

Closing time:

First, third and fifth Sunday of the month; Monday following the Sunday of opening; 1 January; 25 December.

Average visit time:

1 hour

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