Church of San Zaccaria- joint project with other private committees to restore a 15th century crucifix, and a small enabling donation for transport.
The Venice in Peril Fund was last involved at S. Zaccaria when in 2005 Martin Randall Travel funded the restoration of an altar panel painting attributed to Palma Vecchio.
S. Zaccaria is a Gothic-Renaissance church off the Riva degli Schiavoni with a very distinctive tiered facade. Reviving the idea of joint funding of special projects, it was proposed last year by the Dutch Committee who have long been involved with the church, that members of the Association of Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice (of which there are 22 and of which Venice in Peril Fund is one), should jointly undertake to fund the conservation of an important 15th century wooden painted Crucifix.
It hangs very high up on the wall above the main altar and has never been studied or published. It is thought to be from the original church now the chapel of S. Tarasio. The Venice in Peril Fund agreed to contribute €5000 towards the estimated €50,000. Now in a very delicate operation the Crucifix is being brought down, packed and taken by boat to the Superintendency’s Laboratory at the former monastery of the Misericordia in Cannaregio. Here it will undergo analysis to establish what needs to be done.
In the last few weeks another joint project for the same church has been proposed. A polyptych showing the life of S. Sabina of 1443 by Antonio Vivarini in the chapel of S. Tarasio is suffering from damp. A former conservationist with the Venice Superintendency who is now Professor at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro in Rome, will be working on the panel painting within the framework of the course she teaches. By contributing a relatively small amount of money to the costs of transporting the work to Rome and back, the Association could provide an opportunity to trainee conservators as well as facilitating the restoration of the polyptych.