Walks in Florence; Churches, Streets and Palaces
General Books LLC, 2010 - 308 pages
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Excerpt: ... Unfortunately for the early history of Sta. Croce, the archives of the monastery were nearly all destroyed by the floods from the Arno, which took place in 1333 * and in 1557; but the scanty records which remain inform us that in the year of the foundation, Cardinal Matteo d'Acquasparta, general of the Franciscan Order, proclaimed an indulgence to whoever should contribute money for the pious work.t We also learn that in 1320 the church, though still unfinished, was opened for public worship; that in 1334 Giotto was chosen master of the works; and that in 1371 a Board of six citizens was appointed by the Signory of Florence to superintend the building both of the Church of Sta. Croce and of the Cathedral. Political disturbances caused some delay, and the friars were obliged to resort to fresh devices to raise a fund for the continuation of their church: they were assisted by two of the guilds, or arti-- the Mercatanti (merchants), and the Calimala (dealers in foreign wool), who undertook to collect the required sum. The exterior of Sta. Croce has little left of the original construction. On the northern side is a porch, under which are some curious early monuments; the front, however, continued a wall of rough masonry. In the fifteenth century one of the Quaratesi family offered to defray the expenses of a handsome facade, but appended the condition that the arms of his family should be introduced among the ornaments; to this, however, neither the friars nor the Board * This flood is recorded in a Latin inscription on a tablet on the Ponte Vecchio. t Cardinal Matteo d'Acquasparta is mentioned by Dante in his "Paradiso," as having relaxed some of the severities of the Franciscan Order.--Paradiso, canto xii. v. 124. would consent, and the munificent donator accordingly withdrew his gi...
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