church of santa maria maggiore in florence italy

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  Church of Santa Maria Maggiore  

Address: Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore
Begun in the 10th century in Romanesque style, S. Maria Maggiore was almost completely rebuilt in Gothic style at the end of the 13th century.
The linear severe facade has a lovely 14th-century Madonna of Pisan school on the pointed arch portal. The interior, Cistercian style, is extremely simple with three aisles with pointed arches on square piers with dentilled cornices and square chapels. Traces of 14th-century frescoes by Agnolo Daddi, Spinello Aretino, Paolo Uccello and Masaccio are still to be found on some of the piers.
The two episodes from the Story of King Herod, painted in the style of Spinello Aretino in the Cappella Maggiore, are particularly fine. In the left chapel is a relief in gilded wood of a Madonna and Child, while in the right aisle is a notework altar on wich is a painting of Santa Rita by the contemporary artist Primo Conti.


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