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Church of San Francesco in Arezzo

Church of San Francesco in Arezzo

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Church of San Francesco in Arezzo

Posted by user1131 on May 12, 2015
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The Church of San Francesco it's a construction twelfth century Gothic, rebuilt between 1318 and 1377, which contains many remains of frescoes fourteenth and fifteenth century.

The architecture of the church it has an extremely simple line: the only ornaments are a frame that runs all around the edge of the roof, the windows with pointed arches, a circular window and a canopy placed over the main door, ending with a lunette depicting a Madonna with the Child and Saints, repainted by Casucci, who also built the bell tower, restored in 1927. With the exception of the lower part of the façade which is in travertine blocks, the whole building is in brick burnished by time which underlines the particular nudity of the style Gothicizing Franciscan.

The main chapel was the patronage of the rich Bacci family, to whom we owe the commission of the works that decorate it. The frescoes were begun in the 1447 from Bicci of Lorenzo who executed the four Evangelists in the vault, the two doctors of the church in the under arch and the Last Judgment on the external front of the triumphal arch. Piero della Francesca was probably called to replace Bicci di Lorenzo after his death.

The frescoes di Piero della Francesca depict the fifteen scenes of the Legend of the True Cross and were completed in 1466. After the restoration of the famous frescoes, the Bacci chapel was created in a museum, allowing access to small groups of visitors (25 people at a time every 30 minutes) from a door side of the church.

Stupendous and of the highest quality is the great Crucifix of the altar, work attributed to Duccio di Boninsegna and most likely datable to the 1289 year of the reopening to the cult of the church where it is kept; his outline and the vividness of the facial features express a resigned pain.

The right chapel, which is not architecturally part of the church, is dedicated to S Antonio of Padua: the vault and the back wall were frescoed by Francesco and Antonio Nasini of Casteldelpiano that executed between the 1651 and the 1680.

The cloister adjoining, recently restored, has a well in the center called "della Bufala", built by Ferdinando dei Medici in 1590 and, on the walls, some gravestone with coat of arms and the remains of frescoes. Another well, built in 1465 by the Sienese, can be seen in the adjacent square of the former hospital.

Daylight savings time: feriali 9:00-19:00 – sabato 9:00-18:15 – domenica 13:00-18:15
Winter time: feriali 9:00-19:00 – sabato 9:00-17:45 – domenica 13:00-17:45
During the Easter period: every day 9: 00-16: 00