The San Giovanni di Dio Hospital, built at the end of the fourteenth century under the name of Santa Maria dell’Umiltà is in Florence in Borgo Ognissanti. With the contributions of authoritative scholars, the book celebrates its sanitary and social medical journey, focusing also on the artistic heritage guarded inside the ancient building.
The essays recall the establishment of the hospital linked to the Vespucci family and then to the Fatebenefratelli’s congregation, and identify the distinctive relationship that the hospital institution created with the town: its peculiar fitting inside the existing building context and those architectural features that influenced its expansion during the eighteenth century. Various works of art, many of which have never been studied before, including the devotional ones preserved in the ancient church, are then examined.
In addition to the history of the building, the volume deals extensively with those sectors and associations that, having there their offices, helped to increase its fame. Is thus emphasized the contribution given from the surgery of S. Giovanni di Dio to the progress of the sector in the Italian context, from the Florentine Avis Section, to the role played by the Documentation Centre for the enhancement of the historic heritage of the local health authorities of the Area Vasta Centro