The Epiphany feast, or, in Italian, “Befana” is the last leg of the Christmas time celebrations. It is, of course, a Christian feast and, as such, it is, as you can read in the previous post, a very popular topos in the iconography.
Epiphany in Florence: what to see, what to do, the traditions
In this post we’ll see what goes on in Florence on January 6th, the special ancient connection between the feast and the city, and another beautiful, Epiphany-related artwork.
Epiphany in Florence: another “Adorazione dei Magi” to visit
But another beautiful Adorazione dei Magi by Domenico Ghirlandaio (Florentine artist, 1448 – 1494) is part of the Galleria degli Innocenti, now Museo degli Innocenti – the Museum of the Innocents – another Florence must see, completely restored in 2016.
The museum was originally a children’s orphanage, a “hospital” for the orphans: the iconography around the birth of Christ and Jesus as a children was of course very close to the vision of this institution: the Ghirlandaio’s pala d’altare – altarpiece – was originally for the Ospedale’s church, Santa Maria degli Innocenti.
Epiphany in Florence: the “Cavalcata dei Magi” event, January 6th
In Florence, art, history, its huge heritage are always just a step from you: the “Cavalcata dei Magi” event dates to the XV Century and it celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ child.
The cortege is – still!!! – organized by the same Compagnia dei Magi, or Compagnia della Stella (the Fellowship of the Magi or of the Fellowship of the Star, meaning the Star of Bethlehem, the Christmas star).
Nowadays the Cavalcata dei Magi, in Florence city center, January 6th, is an occasion to have a glimpse of what the Renaissance Florence was, enjoyable for kids and adults, with music, horses, beautiful costumes and the lifesize Capannuccia, the Crib where the Magi head to.