The MONASTERY of SAN MARCO and the "CENACOLO" of SANT'APOLLONIA - 3 hours

San Marco was originally a medieval convent but in the mid 15th century, Cosimo dei Medici commissioned Michelozzo to convert the building into a monastery for the Dominicans.  In addition, it was here that Cosimo founded the first public library in Europe. At the end of the 15th century, San Marco's prior was the righteous zealot Girolamo Savonarola, who dominated the religious and political life in Florence at that time.

However, today San Marco is most famous as the museum that houses so many of the early Renaissance painter Fra Angelico's finest works.  Particularly impressive are the forty-four small cells on the upper floor where the friar and his fellow monks lived.  Fra Angelico adorned the walls of each with truly inspired frescoes, amazing for their serenity and simplicity.

In the nearby Convent of Sant'Apollonia is Andrea del Castagno's masterpiece, "The Last Supper" (ca. 1450).  The painting is located in the large hall once used as a refectory by the nuns of the convent.  The work is immense, covering an entire wall, and conveys a dramatic force which stylistically was a novelty at that time.  

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