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“This Really Was A Lucky Discovery”

Church of Santa Felicita
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The small church of Santa Felicita was used by the Medici family dukes and holds the Mannerist artist Pontormo's masterpiece, "The Deposition." The unusual colors, exaggerated poses and expressive portraits are an unforgettable theatrical scene..
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Spending a day in Florence from Rome by train, in late afternoon we crossed The Ponte Vecchio and by then did not have sufficient time to give due attention to the Pitti Palace. Walking on from the bridge we came to Santa Felicita which was unknown to us and decided to go in, drawn by the outside information relating to the hidden passage from The Uffizi to the Pitti. Whilst this is undoubtably a beautiful church, it also made a peaceful change from the more famous buildings across the bridge and we enjoyed listening to the Organ being played. There are a number of interesting items, but the glory (we were pleased to discover) are the two paintings by the Italian Mannerist painter Pontormo. These are situated just inside on the right in a separate chapel. Placing €1 in a slot illuminates them for several minutes. One called "The Deposition from the Cross" depicting Christ's removal from the Cross was painted in 1528 and is considered his masterpiece. It is a very interesting work where the figures seem to float in the air. We can visit the Pitti Palace on another occasion, we were glad we ran out of time.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

It's easy to feel overwhelmed with the sheer number of gorgeous churches and spectacular artwork everywhere you turn in Florence, and I could understand the temptation to just walk by this one on your way to somewhere else, but I highly recommend you pause and step inside for a few moments.

The church itself is beautiful, but the real reason to stop inside is to see a Mannerist masterpiece by the artist Pontormo. It is in a dark, gated nave to your immediate right as you enter the church. Drop a Euro into a coin slot and a light will illuminate the painting for 3 or 4 minutes.

The painting, "Deposition", is spectacular. It was painted in 1528, and it shows Christ being carried away from the cross. The composition is beautiful and it veers into odd territory by some of the color choices.

While you're there be sure to look for the screened window above the entrance where the Medici family would sit to enjoy mass without having to rub elbows with the ordinary people. This a part of the passageway that extends from The Ufizzi to the Pitti Palace.

This church is well worth a few moments of your time.

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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Although our apartment in Florence was across the piazza from Il Duomo, I was determined to visit the Chiesa de Santa Felicita, a not-too-distant walk to and across the Ponte Vecchio. Although the guide books give little attention to this church, my reason for going there was to see two great frescoes of one of my favorite artists, Jacopo Pontormo. Pontormo was a Mannerist artist of the 16th century, and his works evoke in me such an emotional response, unmatched by any others save for Michelangelo and one or two others. Upon entering the church, you turn immediately to your right to view the Capponi Chapel, which is in semi-darkness. For one Euro placed in a metal box, the lights will go on and an explanation of the frescoes in your chosen language will play for a few minutes. I could have stayed there for an hour looking at Pontormo's 'The Deposition from the Cross' and 'The Annunciation.' Although I saw magnificent paintings, sculpture and frescoes in Italy, Santa Felicita and Pontormo's works rank right up there with my favorites.

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

We went twice, and I'm not catholic. Listened to incredibly beautiful chanting by nuns and monks. Felt transported to the 1500's. SMALL not touristy. Felt local. Loved it !

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Reviewed 12 May 2013

The church of Santa Felicita is quite beautiful in itself, but the real reason for visiting it is to see Pontormo's "Deposition," one of the greatest art works in a city absolutely full of great art. Do not miss it.

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