church of ss. annunziata in florence italy

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  Church of SS. Annunziata  

Address: Piazza SS. Annunziata
Originally an oratory (1250) of the Order of the Servi di Maria, the building stood outside the second circle of city walls. Between 1444 and 1481 Michelozzo, Pagno Portinari and Antonio Manetti (with suggestions from L.B. Alberti) remodelled it into its present form.
The facade has a portico on Corinthian columns. The central portal leads to the Chiostrino dei Voti (1447), a particularly scenographic space with lunettes frescoed by Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto (1511-13).
The interior, remodelled in the middle of the 17th century, has a single large nave with the arched openings of the chapels set on either side. To be noted is Volterrano's magnificent coffered ceiling (1664). Entrance to the Chiostro dei Morti (1453) with frescoes by Poccetti is to the left of the transept.


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