Santa Trinita, Life and Death in a Renaissance Square

A lecture by Kevin Murphy


Like many ‘piazze’ dotted around the city of Florence, the piazza Santa Trinita is essentially an empty, irregular space characterised by the absence of buildings. However, during the Renaissance the buildings surrounding it worked a powerful cohesive action on local families and individuals by expressing many shared civic and religious identities. The piazza also became a preferred venue for proud statements of personal identity, especially through the piazza-facing facades of its family palaces, and the decoration of the same families’ burial chapels in the church of Santa Trinita.  



A native of Liverpool and a resident of Prato since 1995, Kevin Murphy has been Dean of the University of New Haven's Tuscan Campus in Prato since its founding in 2012.    He has taught courses and seminars in Italian Art History at US programmes in Florence (including  Syracuse, Florida State, Gonzaga, and Kent State), and for many years was taught Art History at the British Institute of Florence.   


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