UNKNOWN MASTER, Italian
(active 1490s in Florence)
Execution of Savonarola on the Piazza della Signoria1498
Tempera on panel
Museo di San Marco, Florence
The monk Savonarola's activities, which were increasingly taking on the appearance of fanaticism, caused more and more people to oppose the preacher. He was put on trial in the city in which he had hoped to bring about a political and moral revival. Accused of heresy, he was hanged with two other Dominican monks on 23 May 1498 on the Florentine Piazza della Signoria, and then burned at the stake. Their ashes were scattered in the Arno.