The Founder, Simone Vespucci

Great uncle of Amerigo Vespucci, born around 1430 in a house on Borgo Ognissanti and leaving no heirs (the person with the white beret in the fresco).

Ghirlandaio: Madonna della Misericordia

From this house, Vespucci built a hospital for the people of the quarter and the city, retiring to one of its wings and providing for the care and administration of the hospital together with his wife.

Upon his death on July 14, 1400, he left all of his property to the people of the quarter so that the house would always remain a hospital.

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