December 27, 2019

The Infamous Savonarola in Florence

Michelangelo lived during a tumultuous time politically. When he was a young man in Florence, the people were finally embracing their pagan Roman past by incorporating its best parts into their Christian present. πŸ–ΌThis they called the Humanist movement.

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At this same time a Dominican friar, named Savonarola, creates a huge upset by convincing the people nothing good can come from anything pagan. πŸ€” He and his band of young men force Florence to purge of any remaining pagan artwork, books, poems, and statues in a series of bonfires called the Bonfire of the Vanities. πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ 

Savonarola eventually becomes the ruler is Florence but this is short lived as is crazy dictatorship catches the attention of the pope, which leads to his execution. πŸ€΄ We visited visit San Marco and saw Savonarolla’s quarters, they even have his clothes!