In Santa Maria Novella there are some unusual, but not less spectacular frescoes hidden just under the surface of well known artworks. After years of research and restoration a number of frescoes have been recovered despite the numerous renovations being made over the centuries. It's time to present these artworks to the public and tell their incredible story.
When: Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 11:00 am
Where: at the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Anna Mitrano, Fund for Religious Buildings
Father Daniele Cara OP, Opera Santa Maria Novella
Andrea Pessina, Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the metropolitan city of Florence and provinces of Pistoia e Prato
Fulvio Cervini, University of Florence
Daniela Parenti, Uffizi Galleries
After the presentation a guided visit to the frescoes will follow
FREE ACCESS WITH PRESENTATION OF INVITATION (invitation can be downloaded freely by everyone is interested)
THE BOOK PRESENTED:
Ricerche a Santa Maria Novella. Gli affreschi ritrovati di Bruno, Stefano e gli altri, edited by Anna Bisceglia (ITA only)
texts by Serena Pini, Andrea De Marchi, Marco Merlo, Gaia Ravalli, Anna Padoa Rizzo, Anna Bisceglia e Simone Vettori
For the first time are presented in an academic publication, but also accessible to the general public, the recent discoveries of ancient frescoes recovered on the walls of Santa Maria Novella's nave which belong to the earliest phase of the church history.
These extraordinary findings, which surprised the experts for their uniqueness and their location, were made possible thanks to a restoration program that involved all the altarpieces of the church. A detailed comparison between the findings and historical sources allowed the authors of the book to trace an art-historical framework and find the ancient stories of the Dominican site and those related of an entire town where art is never just art, but it is always closely connected with politics.
Paperback with sewed flaps
24.5 × 29 cm, PP. 240
more than 150 color illustrations
After the presentation, if you want, you can buy the book at the bookshop of Santa Maria Novella (ex-sacristy)