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Wed Sep 26, 2018, 05:13 PM

I am so sad tonight.

The Convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy, is closing its doors. They lack the staffing of monks
due to the order of Dominican friars dying out.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/25/world/europe/florence-san-marco-convent.html

If you love Early Renaissance art, that convent was your ticket to heaven. Wonderful frescoes by Fra Angelico.

I guess I was fortunate to have walked in its halls when I did, so many times, in my numerous trips to Florence for its abundance of art. I am certain the frescoes of Fra Angelico will be transferred to other museums in Italy but the Italian government should step in and insure that these art works will be moved to appropriate museums.

I am sad, but hopeful...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Wed Sep 26, 2018, 08:50 PM

1. You know CT, not having seen these frescoes I feel your potential loss knowing how you have

shown us here at DU your love of art. Thanks

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Response to marked50 (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 12:41 AM

2. Thank you.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 12:46 AM

3. sounds like a wonderful place. sorry its closing

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 27, 2018, 02:32 AM

4. Upon reflection, I think it certain that the Italian government will take over its

management in the absence of the friars, for reasons of national pride and tourism. I expect to read about it in a matter of weeks and I will post again about the solution it comes up with.

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