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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