La Pieve di S. Maria a Dicomano

Church of S. Maria in Dicomano

Country church hosts important Renaissance treasures

In the Church of Santa Maria in Dicomano, visitors can appreciate myriad works of art including sacred relics like tabernacles and wooden crosses, in addition to oil paintings which provide visitors with an artistic overview of the Italian Renaissance. Thanks to its three-nave structure separated by two rows of arches, the church has a gallery-like effect.

On the left side nave, you’ll find the Fostìa triptych, tempera on panel work by an unknown Florentine artist from the XV century, which was once hosted in the Church of S. Pietro in Fortia. It depicts the Virgin and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Anthony Abbot. As you go toward the apse, you’ll see a painting of the Virgin seated on a throne with Saint Stephen, Saint Anthony Abbot and Saints Peter, Paul and Girolamo. Originally hosted in the Church of Santo Stefano in Vicolagna, it was created in the mid XVI century. In the presbytery, there’s an oil-on-panel painting showing the Deposition of Christ with the Virgin Mary, which was painted by a pupil of Michelangelo. Giovanbattista Naldini’s painting depicting the Virgin of Carmine surrounded by saints is located on the nave’s apsidal wall.

The central nave hosts an ‘Assumption of the Virgin’ by Francesco Curradi, located on the main altar. Its monumental wooden frame was created by the parish priest Lorenzo Teri in 1613. The right-hand nave hosts works by various painters including Giacomo Conti (XIX century), Cosimo Gamberucci (XV-XVI centuries) and Agostino Melissi (XVII century). Its lateral wall hosts Lorenzo Lippi’s ‘Saint Catherine of Alessandria with the Angel of Wisdom and the Angel of Martyrdom’, originally created for Corella’s Church of San Martino.

(Source: the Parish of Santa Maria in Dicomano)
This area, near to all the main ancient roads, has probably been inhabited since prehistoric times
Dicomano is in the province of Florence. It is at an altitude of 162m and looks down on the Mugello area and the Val di Sieve, close to the Apennine mountains. It has a population of around five thousand inhabitants.It is known that the Etruscans settled here and started to create the town that came to be known in Latin as ‘Castrum Decumani’ – meaning a fortified town with bridges and towers. ...