The Culture of Annunciation in Florence and Iconography
Celebrating the Florentine New Year – March 25th

Until 1750, March 25th was the start of the year in Florence. It is right after the Spring Equinox, the start of spring. It was a very important day for Catholics, and especially in Florence, since it is considered to be the day of Annunciation. There is a parade starting from the center of Florence ending at Santissima Annunziata square in which the church dedicated for this subject is located.
We will discuss on the tradition of the Florentine New Year, and the iconography of the Annunciation in Western art. After the lecture, we will visit the Museum of San Marco where we can see the world-known Annunciation fresco by Fra Angelico.

Date & Time: March 25th Saturday 10:00-12:30 (10:00-11:00 Lecture, 11:15-12:30 Visit to Museum of San Marco)
Meeting point: La Bottega Toscana – Via Venezia 18
Guide: Mariko Kato – Licensed Tour Guide of Florence
Fee: 20 euros for the lecture & the visit. 10 euros for only the lecture. 12 euros for only the visit.

Lecture: 10:00-11:00
The Tradition of Florentine New Year
The Church of Santissima Annunziata and the Miraculous Mary
The Iconography of Annunciation in Western Art
Fra Angelico and the Convent of San Marco

Visit to Museum of San Marco: 11:15-12:30
The History of the Convent of San Marco
Fra Angelico’s Works and His Successors
The Frescoes in the Convent

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