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MORETTO da Brescia (b. ca. 1498, Brescia, d. 1554, Brescia) Portrait of a Dominican, Presumed to be Girolamo Savonarola 1524 Oil on canvas, 74 x 66 cm Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona Although this picture was painted well after the execution of the charismatic theologian Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498), comparison with documented portraits gives credence to this traditional identification. Savonarola was revered throughout northern Italy at this period, and especially in Milan and Brescia…

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1493- Florence's most charismatic preacher, Girolamo Savonarola, begins to prophesy a northern invader that will sweep Italy's corrupt aristocrats from their thrones & allow a rebirth of a purified Church. When the king of France invades Italy the next year (to aid the Pope against the king of Naples) Savonarola claims his prophecy is come true & incites the Florentines to rise up & throw off the wealthy Medici dynasty. Piero de' Medici flees, as does his court painter Michelangelo…

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Fra' Bartolomeo e Mariotto Albertinelli - Annunciazione (Volterra) - 1497 - Duomo di Volterra, Altare della Madonna del Rosario

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Italian, Ring with Cameo showing Portrait of Girolamo Savonarola

Hanging and burning of Girolamo Savonarola in Piazza della Signoria in Florence in 1498. Museo di San Lorenzo, Florence.


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Armchair - "Sedia Savonarola" Walnut, Italy, 16th century. This design is commonly known as a "sedia Savonarola" or "Savonarola chair," presumably after the Dominican cleric, Girolamo Savonarola, the éminence grise behind the Florentine Republic until his execution in 1498. The "Savonarola chair" became a staple of design in mid-sixteenth century.

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Full length color image of Girolamo Savonarola aka. Girolamo Maria Francesco Matteo Savonarola, by George Stuart.

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