Fondamenta dei Mori, Statue, 1996


The restoration of one of four turbaned figures set in and around the Campo dei Mori was undertaken as a gesture of affection for, and to honour the memory of, the founder of Venice in Peril, Sir Ashley Clarke. This statue, the only one still unrestored, depicts a Levantine merchant named Alfani. It is set into the façade of a 15th-century house in which Tintoretto later lived. Analysis of the sculpture revealed that the pedestal was a local 15th-century version of a Roman altar and the turban a column capital reused. A general light cleaning and consolidation was undertaken, but no attempt was made to straighten the crooked sides of the niche or to remove completely the remains of pigment applied by past generations, as these were thought to be part of the history of the piece.

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