The newly restored Ognissanti crucifix has been installed in the left transept of the Chiesa di Ognissanti (All Saints Church). After years of work, much of it under a microscope, centuries of grime and pollution have been removed. This brilliantly gilded and painted cross, standing nearly 15 feet high, has finally been attributed to the hands of Giotto (1267-1337).
The Ognissanti church holds many additional pleasures for art lovers, including frescoes by Botticelli (1445-1510) and Ghirlandaio (1483-1561). Botticelli’s portrait of St. Augustine and Ghirlandaio’s of St. Jerome reflect the light of humanism on the saints’ faces. When you visit this lovely Franciscan church dedicated to all the saints and martyrs, you may find a monk standing in the doorway of the Baroque façade. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy the cool peace and quiet and a stunning sample of Florence’s greatest treasures.
Chiesa di Ognissanti (1251) in the Piazza Ognissanti. Open daily with mid-day break.