Eremite, Altars and Paintings, 1996-2002
The Church of the Eremite is a tiny 17th-century building that had suffered severely from damp. Venice in Peril met the cost of stabilising and consolidating the altars. Then in 1997 the Fondation Jean-Barthélémy and other friends donated funds for the restoration of paintings in the church in memory of the painter Marie Thérèse Krafft, the church being near her home in Dorsoduro. The restoration of four wall paintings by Francesco Pittoni, depicting the Miracles of St Augustine, was completed in 2002. Yellowed varnish and crude over-painting was removed; the paintings were relined, retouched, revarnished and re-mounted on new stretcher frames.