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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Florence - Day 25

I had my first decent sleep in, not waking until after 10, not even the church bells could rouse me.

I've had another good look at the Italian Post site and finally found all the addresses of the offices in Florence. There is one just past the Orsanmichele so I'll kill two birds with one stone - find out where exactly the post office is and photograph the Orsanmichele.

I have talked about the history of Orsanmichele in this earlier post so I won't repeat myself.

On the north side:

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St. Peter (1415) by Bernardo Ciuffagni - commissioned by the Beccai, the Butchers Guild


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St. Philip (1412-1414) by Nanni di Banco, commissioned by the Calzaiuoli, the Shoemaker's Guild.

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Quattro Santi Coronati (Four Saints or Four Crowned Martyrs - 1410-1412) by Nanni di Banco - commisioned by Wood and Stone Workers Guild (Maestri di Pietra e Legname)

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St. George (1415-17) by Donatello - commisioned by the Armourers & Swordmarkers Guild (Arte dei Corazzai e Spadal). The original is in marble and was moved to the Bargello Museum in 1892 and was replaced with a bronze copy.

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On the west side:

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St. Matthew (1419-20) by Lorenzo Ghiberti - commissioned by the Bankers Guild, Arte del Cambio

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St. Stephen (1428) by Lorenzo Ghiberti- commissioned by the Wool Manufacturers, Arte della Lana

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St. Eligius (1411-15) by Nanni di Banco - commissioned by the Blacksmiths, Arte dei Maneschalchi

On the South side:

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St. Mark (1411) by Donatello - commissioned by the Linen-weavers, Drapers and Peddlars, Arte dei Linaiuoli e Rigattieri

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St. Jacob - St. James the Elder (1422) by Lamberti - commissioned by the Furriers, Arte dei Pellicciai.

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Madonna della Rosa (1399) by either Simone di Ferrucci or Piero di Giovanni Tedesco - commissioned by the Doctors and Apothecaries

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St. John the Evangelist by Baccio da Montelupo - commisioned by the Silk Merchants, Arte della Seta

On the East Side:

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St. John the Baptist (1414-16) by Lorenzo Ghiberti - commissioned by the Wool Merchants, Arte della Calimala

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Christ and St. Thomas (1467-83) by Andrea del Verrocchio - commissioned by the Merchants Guild, Tribunale di Mercanzia. This statue replaced Donatello's St. Louis of Toulouse which is housed at the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce in Florence.

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St. Luke (1601) by Giovanni Bologna (Giambologna) - commissioned by the Magistrates and Notaries

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I did find the post office, though I didn't expect it to be in such a large building so I'll toddle off tomorrow to find out about the mbag.

For more photos check out the flickr set: Orsanmichele

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