Convent Of Santa ApolloniaCurrently Closed
- Address: Via XXVII Aprile 1, Florence, Italy
- Timings: 08:30 am - 01:30 pm Details
- Phone: +39-0552388607
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids
You’d never know, to look at this unassuming little church, that it could hold a secret, but it does. Just one – one of the most beautiful frescoes you’ll ever see – that of Saint Appoline’s Last Supper, on one of the walls of the refectory. There are several additional scenes, for sure, but none match the mastery of this one. Notably, Judas the betrayer’s face has been painted as an ancient symbol of evil – the Satyr.
Some notable paintings by Castagno hang here, such as Castagno’s “Crucifixion”, “Entombment” and “Resurrection” and his two lunettes “Pietà” and “Christ crucified with the Virgin, St John and Saints”.
- Entry is free.
- Buses 1, 6, 11, 14, 17, 23, 52, 54, 82, stop Ventisette Aprile - Illum
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Outstanding color in the fresco of The Last Supper
Truly a wonderful experience. No crowds, original undisturbed masterwork. See some of these photos here to see just how great.
Yet another great Last Supper fresco with a handful of other great artworks.
Stunning remains of medieval refectory with beautiful frescoes and paints. Here you are going to observe huge fresco of "The Last Supper".
This is located in the remnants of the former Benedictine Convent of Sant'Apollonia, founded in 1339. There is a small museum with paintings by Neri di Bicci, Paolo Schiavo and Andrea del Castagno. It was del Castagno's fresco of the "Last Supper" (1447) that we were there to see. It is stunning and so beautifully preserved. Above is the accompanying "Crucifixion, Deposition and Resurrection" which is not well-preserved. The work was unknown for a long time because the nuns were very reclusive. No one knew it was there. Vasari didn't know about it in the 17th century and it is unknown if Michelangelo knew of it or saw it. It was only rediscovered in 1891. In 1961 when it was removed from the wall for preservation the sinopie (under-drawing outlining the composition) was discovered underneath. In the "Last Supper" figures are life-size (the fresco measures almost 10 metres in length and 4.5 metres high) and very expressive. The use of perspective and foreshortening together with the setting of the table under a loggia lend a 3-dimensional feeling to the work. Other works and sinopie by del Castagno were also on display in the cenacolo. There were a couple of other people who came in whilst we were there. We basically had it to ourselves. There was no entry fee. How amazing it is to be able to pop in through a nondescript door and see such treasures.