Sala capitolare della Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena dé Pazzi

The Crucifixion by Perugino

In Florence, A monumental fresco

Borgo Pinti, 58
In Florence's Church of Santa Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi, visitors can walk across the crypt and enter the Charter Room of the antique Cistercian monastery. There they will find, still in its original location, the monumental fresco of the Crucifixion painted by Pietro Perugino between 1493-96. The work was commissioned by Dionisio and Giovanna Pucci, members of an important patrician family from Florence.

The fresco occupies an entire wall, divided by the actual vaults of the ceiling and the painted architecture representing three arches. The landscape, harmonious and full of light, dissolves the drama of the scene, placing it within the serenely meditative vision that is typical of the artist.

Among those represented in the scene are the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist, placed in their traditional position at the foot of the cross. The other characters, however, are included for the particular significance each held for the inhabitants fo the monastery: Mary Magdalen is the saint to whom the church was originally dedicated in 1257; Saint Benedict is the father of western monasticism; Bernardo di Chiaravalle, in a white habit, was the great theologian of the first years of the Cistercian Order. The three trees behind the figure of Saint Bernardo may refer to the Trinity.

Crocifissione del Perugino
Borgo Pinti 58 - Firenze
Ph: +39 055 2478420
Entrance: Donation
Open: Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-12noon; 5pm-5:30pm; 6:10pm-7pm. Sunday 9:30am-11am; 5pm-7pm.

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