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    Off to restorations in the Brancacci Chapel, no stop to visits

    (ANSA) – FLORENCE, 25 NOV – The Brancacci Chapel in Florence, in the Carmine church, will be restored, an intervention estimated in one year during which, however, for almost the entire period, it will be possible to visit: the public will be able to take advantage of the scaffolding to be able to admire the masterpieces of Masaccio and Masolino for the first time at close range. This is what is foreseen in the program developed by the Municipality – the Chapel is part of the Florentine Civic Museums -, the Superintendence and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

    In any case, the Chapel will close to the public for scaffolding from 29 November until January when, as explained by Palazzo Vecchio, visitors will be able to return. Also planned is the construction of a special lift to allow disabled people to access the scaffolding. “We could not close the Brancacci Chapel for so long – comments the mayor and councilor for culture Dario Nardella -, especially after the prolonged lockdown period. Thanks to this solution it will be possible to enjoy the extraordinary paintings in a completely new and unrepeatable way”.

    It was November 2020 when the Brancacci Chapel was subjected to an initial monitoring to assess its state of health: some phenomena of deterioration of the pictorial cycle emerged. Hence the need to be stabilized through a restoration intervention for which a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Municipality, the Superintendency and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. The last restoration dates back to the 1980s. The three-year protocol provides for analysis and monitoring by the Superintendency, with the involvement of the CNR, and the subsequent actual restoration by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. The Friends of Florence Foundation has announced its intention to participate, together with the Jay Pritzker Foundation, in financing and carrying out the analysis and monitoring intervention and has also expressed interest in financing the restoration. (HANDLE).

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