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Ognissanti, Firenze The church of the Ognissanti (all saints) in Florence, which was built by a religious order known as the Umiliati. Ognissanti church was completed during the 1250s, but almost completely rebuilt on the Baroque designs of Bartolomeo Pettirossi, in 1627. Ognissanti was among the first examples of Baroque architecture to be built in Florence. Famous works inside the church include quattrocento frescoes in the nave chapels, by Ghirlandaio and Botticelli (who is buried in the church) and Madonna della Misericordia, also by Ghirlandaio. From the cloister adjoining the church of Ognissanti you can go into the former refectory of the convent, which contains in the far wall a frescoed Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494). Giotto painted an altarpiece known as the Ognissanti Madonna and now in the Uffizi. The Ognissanti altarpiece is the only panel painting by Giotto that has been universally accepted by scholars, and this despite the fact that it is undocumented. It was painted for the church of the Ognissanti (all saints) in Florence. it was made for the main altar of the church, where it would have been viewed primarily by the brothers of the order or for the choir screen, where it would have been more easily seen by a lay audience.

Botticeelli: San Agostino, Ognissanti, Florence

In 1480, Botticelli was commissioned to paint the fresco St. Augustine (1480) for the Ognissanti church. He painted for the Vespucci family the St Augustine in the church of Ognissanti. It was created in competition with Ghirlandaio's fresco of St Jerome. If you look closely at the painting, you will see a clock in the top left hand corner. The single hand of the clock is pointing between ‘I’ and ‘XXIIII’, the moment before sunset. The fact that the saint is shown in his cell at a specific time of the day relates to a vision that he is alleged to have had.

Inside Ognissanti, Florence