The former monastery “camaldolese” and the former hospital of Luco di Mugello
LUCO DI MUGELLO (BORGO SAN LORENZO) – It should be noted how remarkable the former monastery is still today, but unfortunately is threatened from degradation, and from an imminent final destruction like the beautiful cloister.
At the end of the broad garden there is a small chapel, that was undoubtedly stage of a prayer itinerary; inside there is a fresco on the altar with a scene of “Noli me tangere” and the Crucifixion: the style seems to be attributed to the work of an active painter engaged with the so-called “Scuola di San Marco”, in the early decades of the sixteenth century. Entering the monastery, at the entrance to what was formerly the grand refectory, there is, above the sink, a polychrome terracotta relief with the Madonna and Child between Santa Elisabetta, San Giovannino and Angels. Due to the presence of the ancient polychrome, the work is fascinating and can be attributed to the sculptor and ceramist Agnolo di Polo, in the first decades of the sixteenth century.
Finally, the fresco on the altar in the north-west corner of the cloister, which depicts the Annunciation, is noteworthy. Despite not in optimal conservation conditions, it is considered as a Florentine work of the mid-sixteenth century; from the same period the Baptism of Christ, the work of an artist not particularly skilled and placed inside the chapel located under the loggia towards the garden.
Interior and external photos