GOZZOLI, Benozzo
(b. ca. 1420, Firenze, d. 1497, Pistoia)

View of the Church of Sant'Agostino

San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a 14th-century town in Tuscany which has kept its mediaeval appearance unchanged. The city is encircled by ramparts bristling with fourteen tall towers of nobility, formerly seventy two in number, which have earned it the nickname San Gimignano of the Fine Towers.

The church of Sant'Agostino in San Gimignano is a single-aisled hall church with three apsidal chapels and an open roof truss. It was built by the Augustinian canons between 1280 and 1298, and it represents a typical example of the Gothic architecture of the mendicant orders in central Italy.

Benozzo Gozzoli, in collaboration with several assistants, produced here his main work, the decorations of the apsidal chapel of the church in 1464-65.

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