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Santa Trínita

With Ghirlandaio's Beautiful Sassetti Chapel

Santa Trinita

The church of Santa Trínita has stood on the west side of the piazza, in one form or another, since the 12th century; its unusual accent on the first syllable (from the Latin Trinitas) is considered to be proof of its ancient foundation.

Cappella bartolini salimbeni, 02 incontro alla porta d'oro

Although the rather pedestrian façade added by Buontalenti in 1593 isn’t very welcoming, step into its shadowy 14th-century interior for several reasons, beginning with the Bartolini-Salimbeni Chapel (fourth on the right), frescoed in 1422 by the Sienese Lorenzo Monaco, who artfully combined the elegance of International Gothic with the new ideas of the Early Renaissance. His Receiving of the Virgin on the left takes place in a wonderful Tuscan fantasy backdrop of pink towers. He also painted the chapel’s graceful, ethereally coloured altarpiece of the Annunciation.

The Sassetti Chapel

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by ho visto nina volare, LivornoDP, Creative Commons License, sailko