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left), originally a Benedictine convent, founded by Willa, the mother
of the Tuscan Margrave Hugo of Andeburg,who died about 1000 A.D.
The present building was chiefly erected by Segaloni (1625), who
left nothing of the original edifice (built in 1285 by Arnolfo di
Cambio ?) except the termination of the choir.
The main portal (almost entirely restored), opposite the Bargello, and
the two chapéis in the adjoining colonnade (now walled up) are by Benedetto
da Rovezzano (1495). Over the portal is a terracotta relief by Benedetto
Buglioni, in the style of Andrea della Robbia. A chapel on the right of
the side-entrance contains a good painting of the l4th century. — In
the Interior, immediately to the right, a Madonna and saints in relief,
in the right transept, Monument of Bernardo Giugni (1466), and in the left
transept, that of the Margrave Hugo (see above; 1481), all by Mino da Fiesole.
In a chapel to the left of the last, 'Madonna attended by a company of
angels, appearing to St. Bernard, by Filippino Lippi (1480), an early work
and the most beautiful painting of the master. The beautiful wooden
ceiling of the church is by Seguloni. — The Monastery Court contains
remains of monuments of the oíd noblesse (with whom this was a favourite
ohurch in Dante's time) and frescoes of the 15th century. — The graceful
Campanile (1330) was restored in 1895.
A few paces farther on, to the right (No. 10), is the "Palazzo
Quaratesi (Pl. F, 5; formerly Pal. Pazzi), said to have been begun
by Brunelleschi in 1445, but completed in 1462-70 by Giuliano da
Maiano. The court is handsome. At the córner ('Canto dei Pazzi')
are the armorial bearings of the Pazzi (p. 468). Adjacent, the
Palazzo Nonfinito (Pl. F, 5; now the telegraph-office), begun for
the Strozzi in 1592 by Bern. Buontálenti. The upper story was
added by Vine. Scamozzi (1602); the court was extended by Cigoli.
Between these two palaces diverges the quaint Borgo degli
Albizzi, in which are several other interesting mansions. No. 24
(left), the Palazzo Pazzi (Pl. F, 5), rebuilt after 1568 for Ramírez
de Montalvo by Bart. Ammanati, has handsome windows and well
preserved graffito decorations. No. 18 (left), the Palazzo Altoviti
(Pl. F, 5), formerly the Pal. Valori, is adorned with the busts of
celebrated Florentines ('I Visacci', i.e. 'the caricatures'; 1570). The
Palazzo Albizzi (No. 12; Pl. G, 5) was the last residence of the
powerful family of that ñame (p. 468). The Gothic Palazzo Ales-
sandri (No. 15; Pl. G, 5), opposite, dates from the 14th century.
In the Via Ghibellina (which leads from the Bargello), a little
to the S. of the Borgo degl Albizzi, is the building occupied by
the Teatro Verdi (Pl. F, G, 6). In this building is an ancient fresco
(ascribed to Giottino), representing the 'Expulsión of the Duke of
Athens (p. 467) from Florence on the festival of St. Anne, 1343',
interesting also on account of the view it contains of the Palazzo
Vecchio (entrance by No. 83; the custodian shows the fresco).__A
few paces from here, in the little piazza of the same ñame stands
the church of San Simone, which contains a graceful Gothic cibo-
rium (1363; to the left of the high-altar).
The neighbouring Piazza de' Peruzzi (Pl. F, 6), the residence of
the commercial family of that ñame (p. 468), whose influence cul-
minated in the 14th cent., contains several Gothic Houses. The