L'arte, con cura. Il cantiere di restauro Sodoma, l'affresco della Cappella di Piazza

13 February 2020
Giovan Antonio Bazzi known as Sodoma Madonna and Child with the patron saints of Siena The fresco painting of the altar in the Cappella di Piazza was commissioned to Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, known as Sodoma in 1537, who was already a well-established painter and engaged in a series of public commissions. The work is paid only two years later. It had to represent the Madonna in the center with the four patrons of the city and the figure of God the Father above. Numerous restoration interventions over the centuries have affected the work, documented by payment notes: the fresco was probably also subjected to repainting, as evidenced by nineteenth-century sources. At the end of the century the fresco is barely visible. The degradation does not stop even during the twentieth century: in the middle of the century the restoration was coordinated by the Central Institute of Restoration. The fresco is detached in 1969 and transferred inside the Palazzo Pubblico: the photographs document how the lower part is now completely lost. It will be relocated only in 1980 and shielded by a specially designed glass, but today considered to be the cause of the most recent degradation. In agreement with the competent Superintendency in June 2019 the glass was removed and the fresco protected and then transferred to the museum complex for restoration.


Visit to the restoration site of the fresco in Cappella di Piazza work of Sodom

Thursday 19 December 2019, 9 January, 13 February, 12 March 2020 5.30pm and 6.30pm event with a limited number and reservation at the call center 0577 286300 - sienasms@operalaboratori.com

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