"Preaching in a Poor Space: Savonarolan Influence at Sister Domenica’s Convent of la Crocetta in Renaissance Florence" by Meghan Callahan

Dr. Meghan Callahan provides an in-depth look at the history of the construction of the convent of la Crocetta on former Medici land near the church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence, based largely on archival sources. Suor Domenica da Paradiso (1473-1553) was responsible for the construction of this Renaissance nunnery, and based her designs largely on the philosophy of her near contemporary, Fra Girolamo Savonarola. Dr. Callahan illustrates how the plain and simple design of the convent was tied directly to Girolamo Savonarola’s reform movement and his pleas for a return to austerity in church architecture.

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